General Motors Announces Third Shift at Spring Hill Manufacturing
Today General Motors announced that it will be adding a third shift at its Spring Hill Manufacturing facility in January 2017, which will create 650 more jobs at the Tennessee plant. The new shift has been created to increase production of the recently launched Cadillac XT5 and GMC Acadia.
“Spring Hill is demonstrating again its flexibility and agility to meet increasing customer demand for GM’s hot products,” said Cathy Clegg, the vice president of GM North America Manufacturing & Labor Relations.
“Just last month, Spring Hill quickly converted engine production to meet higher demand for full-size truck engines,” Clegg added. “Now the Spring Hill team will need to move with lightning speed to launch a third shift in vehicle assembly in only three months.”
UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada also praised the announcement, and voiced her confidence in the Spring Hill team’s ability to take on more work.
“Today’s announcement of an added shift is a credit to UAW Spring Hill members who launched a highly successful quality product in the new Cadillac XT5 and GMC Acadia,” Estrada said. “It is a credit to the productive UAW workforce and GM Spring Hill team that 650 jobs are now being added in Tennessee.”
Spring Hill’s UAW Local 1853 Chairman Mike Herron added, “This is outstanding news for our entire Spring Hill workforce and the middle Tennessee area. The tremendous success in the marketplace of the Cadillac XT5 and the GMC Acadia is indicative of the pride and craftsmanship that are built into each of these vehicles by the highly skilled UAW members that make them.”
Located on 2,100 acres in Spring Hill, the GM Spring Hill Manufacturing facility currently consists of an engine plant and a flexible vehicle assembly plant, which includes a body shop, paint shop, two polymer injection molding operations, and general assembly. There are currently 3,300 hourly and salaried employees at the facility.
Local politicians also praised General Motors’ investment.
“Thirty-one years after GM chose to locate a plant in Tennessee from among 38 states, the Spring Hill plant is proving that GM made exactly the right decision: Tennessee is still the best place in the country for auto jobs,” said US Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee. “I congratulate GM and its Spring Hill employees on this great news.”
“We want to thank GM for today’s announcement and creating these additional high-skilled jobs, another important investment by a company that can choose to do business anywhere,” added Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. “Manufacturing has long been a hallmark of Tennessee’s economy, and the Brookings Institution recently ranked Tennessee No. 1 in the US for advanced industry job growth.”