To deal with vehicle shortages at dealerships, General Motors Co. will add overtime production to its SUV plant in Arlington, Texas, beginning next week.
The plant rolls out standard and hybrid versions of the Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon. The Automotive News Data Center revealed that as of Jan. 1, all versions of those SUVs had less than a 34-day supply.
It is recommended that there is a 60-day supply. The overall industry actually started 2010 with a 53-day supply.
To resolve this, GM informed Arlington employees that it would add two 10-hour shifts of overtime each Friday starting next week. GM spokesman Chris Lee said that the overtime will continue through April.
To save money, the plant has been running four days a week with two 10-hour shifts each day. Moreover, the factory will run on two Saturdays in March and two in April.
With this move, GM seeks to replenish dwindling supplies as annual sales rates pick up from their 9.5 million-unit level in September, two months after GM exited bankruptcy. The sales rate reached 11.9 million units in December. [via autonews]