Lansing Will Shed its Third Shift in January

General Motors announced its Lansing Grand River Assembly plant will shed more than 800 jobs when the facility cuts its third shift in January. 

Erin Davis, spokeswoman for the plant, cites a declining demand for cars as consumers continue to adopt crossovers and trucks at a record pace. Lansing is responsible for GM’s trio of Alpha platform cars, the Chevrolet Camaro, Cadillac ATS and Cadillac CTS.

“We need to continue to meet demand,” Davis told the Lansing State Journal.”It’s an unnerving situation. It’s a tough choice. But we’re doing the right thing by not overproducing.”

The layoffs are relatively minor, with only 839 workers being displaced, 300 of whom are temporary. The news comes 200-days after GM added a third shift in April, anticipating sky high demand for the sixth-gen Camaro.

Year-to-date, Camaro sales have decreased 9%, while the Cadillac ATS and CTS rolled back by 17.1% and 16.7% respectively.

It’s not all doom-and-gloom at Lansing, the company also announced a new $211 million cash injection at the plant, earmarked for a 32,000 square-foot expansion of the body shop, along with new tooling and equipment.