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News of May 16, 2002


GM Expanding Full-Size Pickup Production

  • Company Adding Third Shift At Pontiac Assembly
  • Additional 100,000 Full-Size Pickups Per Calendar Year

Pontiac, Mich. - General Motors today announced plans to further strengthen its truck leadership by expanding production of the award-winning Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups at its Pontiac, Mich. truck assembly plant. The Pontiac plant will add a third shift of production later this fall.

"Market demand is driving GM to expand production of the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra - two cornerstone products behind GM's market place resurgence," said Gary Cowger, President of GM North America. "Once again GM and the UAW demonstrate what can be achieved by working together to build high quality, must-have products."

The added capacity at Pontiac is expected to increase the plant's production by more than 30 percent. Over a full calendar year of three shift production, Pontiac Assembly will have the capacity to build approximately 100,000 more full-size pickups than are currently produced on two shifts of production. In 2001, Pontiac built more than 208,500 full-size pickups.

For April 2002, GM's industry leading truck lineup deliveries were up 24 percent, continuing on pace to establish an all-time industry record. GM's April full-size pickup deliveries came in at 79,018 units, an increase of approximately 5 percent over last April.

The Pontiac plant will fill its manpower requirements with current GM employees on layoff status. The company does not expect to hire any new employees. Pontiac Assembly currently employs approximately 2,400 hourly and 215 salaried employees with hourly workers represented by UAW Local 594.

General Motors, the world's largest vehicle manufacturer, designs, builds and markets cars and trucks worldwide. In 2001, GM earned $1.5 billion on sales of $177.3 billion and sold more than 8.5 million cars and trucks. Today GM has manufacturing operations in more than 30 countries and its vehicles are sold in about 200 countries. It employs about 359,000 people globally.

(May 9, 2002)

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