By Dave Lee
GM will idle pickup truck plants in Michigan and Indiana for two weeks next month to pare down inventory and prepare the plants for producing 2012 vehicles, the automaker said Friday.
GM's assembly plants in Flint, Mich., will be shut down the weeks of July 4 and 11, GM spokesman Tom Wickham said. Production at the Fort Wayne assembly in Roanoke, Ind., will be shut the same weeks, said Orval Plumlee, president of United Auto Workers Local 2209.
The two plants make Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra light and heavy-duty pickups.
Despite the idling, don't expect to see any discounts or deals. "We’re not going to run big incentives to clear inventory," said Mark Reuss, president of GM’s North American operations. “We’ll adjust inventory on a production basis.”
GM also makes large trucks in Arlington, Texas, and Silao, Mexico. Those plants will continue to operate, GM spokesman Chris Lee told Bloomberg News.
[Source: Bloomberg News]