Detroit – December16, 2023
In a significant workforce adjustment, General Motors (GM) is set to lay off approximately 1,300 workers in Michigan beginning early next year, according to information disclosed in state documents. The move comes as the production of certain vehicles is slated to conclude, affecting employees at two key assembly plants.
The majority of the layoffs, totaling 945 workers, will impact the Orion Assembly facility, where the production of Chevrolet Bolt models is ceasing after this year. The final production date for the Chevrolet Bolt is scheduled for the week of Dec. 18, but the actual layoffs are not expected until Jan. 1.
GM’s strategy involves retooling the Orion Assembly plant to focus on the production of electric trucks, with the revamped facility anticipated to resume operations in late 2025.
Additionally, 369 workers at GM’s Lansing Grand River Assembly/Stamping plant will face layoffs as the production of the Chevrolet Camaro comes to an end. Although the termination of the Camaro had been previously announced, the specific number of employees affected at the plant had not been disclosed. Notably, the “Lansing Grand River Assembly/Stamping plant” will continue producing “Cadillac sedans.”
In response to the impending layoffs at the Lansing Grand River facility, GM released a statement saying, “Lansing Grand River Assembly informed employees today that the plant will adjust staffing levels due to the end of Camaro production. As a result, about 350 employees will be affected beginning Jan. 2. GM anticipates having job opportunities for all impacted team members per the provisions of the UAW-GM National Agreement.”
According to the WARN notice documents, layoffs at the Grand River facility are scheduled to commence on Jan. 2 and extend through March.
This strategic realignment reflects GM’s adaptation to evolving market demands, with a shift towards electric vehicle production at the Orion Assembly plant and a necessary adjustment of staffing levels at the Lansing Grand River facility. The implications of these layoffs extend beyond the affected workers, prompting discussions about the broader landscape of automotive manufacturing in Michigan.