Adding to a string of positive reports coming from the once desolate landscape of the domestic auto industry, GM announced today they will be adding a third shift to assembly plants in Kansas, Indiana and Michigan and effectively restore 2,400 positions that would have otherwise been lost in the next round of plant closures. Some have been quick to attribute this good news to a miraculous economic recovery, but it should not be forgotten that Government Motors is backed by a limitless supply of Bureaucratic Bucks™ and thus impervious to financial woes – but we’ll stop this rant before it starts.
The new production schedules will take affect at staggered intervals in early 2010, beginning in January with the Fairfax, Kansas plant which will assume production of the Chevy Malibu after the Orion, Michigan plant is closed for retooling. In April 2010, the Fort Wayne, Indiana plant will add production of the heavy duty pick-ups currently produced at the Pontiac, Michigan plant scheduled to close this month. Also in April, the Lansing Delta Township, Michigan plant will begin producing the Chevy Traverse that is currently assembled at the Spring Hill plant in Tennessee. Spring Hill will cease production in November and assume stand-by status.
So to summarize, the American public just financed an industrialized version of musical chairs and production of like, what, 3,000 more Buick’s? Is it supposed to burn like this, Doctor?
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