General Motors announced today it plans to layoff the third shift of production at its Spring Hill, Tenn. assembly plant. The downtime will begin on Nov. 27th, but thus far the company has declined to comment on how long the production cut will take place.
The Spring Hill plant currently produces the Cadillac XT5 and GMC Acadia crossovers with 3,300 employees. The move comes in contrast to other recent GM production cuts, which have largely focused on assembly plants that produce cars as U.S. buyers flock to SUVs and crossovers.
“This adjustment allows the plant to maintain stable production, protect the value of our brands in any sales environment, and to provide the smallest impact to plant employment going forward,” the company said in a statement.
GM has declined to confirm how many employees will be impacted by the cut. Instead they have only confirmed that some are temporary workers and some are permanent employees that will go on indefinite layoff. In the coming weeks GM will finalize the number of impacted employees.
Ironically, GM added the third shift of production to Spring Hill in January of this year. At the time the company announced an addition of 650 jobs for the shift.
In a separate announcement, GM has committed to investing $294 million into the Spring Hill plant. The upgrades will likely be to produce a new Cadillac crossover starting in the second half of 2018. The new crossover is expected to be the Cadillac XT4, though GM is declining to confirm.