Chevrolet Equinox

GM might build Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain at Spring Hill plant


General Motors Co. as part of its pending agreement with the UAW is poised to reopen an idled factory near Nashville by next summer to fulfill a promise to the UAW to create jobs. More than 2,000 people would need to be hired or brought off layoff in Tennessee if General Motors plans to run that plant full blast to make cars.

It is not clear how many people will be hired or brought off layoff from UAW Local 1853 this year in Spring Hill or what will be assembled there. But the Tennessean is reporting tonight that it likely will be the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain, which are assembled at the CAMI Automotive and Oshawa plants right now in southwest Ontario north of Detroit.

The plan likely will be to continue to produce the Equinox (pictured) and Terrain at the Ingersoll and Oshawa plants in Canada, with Spring Hill picking up overflow, to keep up with the big demand for them. This would bring GM cars and trucks to market faster. Before, only Saturns and Chevrolets came out of Spring Hill.

Going into production, Spring Hill has a measurable quality and speed standard to meet: CAMI assembles 945 finished Equinoxes per day, according to the local paper, the Ingersoll Times.

Questions about hiring and what the workers will do will be determined, officially, after the contract agreed to late Friday by General Motors and the UAW is ratified in the next week or two.

"It's very encouraging news, it's very positive news," Spring Hill Mayor Michael Dinwiddie told the local paper, the Daily Herald of Maury County, in an interview today. "I'm certainly very optimistic, and it's great news for this area. ... Hopefully this does come to fruition and once again change the history of the area -- start producing cars again, start lifting up the economy."

In an earlier interview, the mayor reinforced the point: “Everyone I’ve talked to is optimistic that something positive is going to happen with the plant. The tricky part is pinpointing a time when that is going to happen.”

Reversing course toward better days is happening because General Motors has righted its financial ship, generating $10.4 billion in profits so far this year and last. To keep the cash flow flowing, GM knows it must spur sales and to sell more cars and trucks there must be more places making them, and more overtime and people hired to assemble them.

Right now, the price is right. While veteran auto workers are paid handsomely at almost $60 an hour when marrying wages and benefits, a rookie auto worker makes around $14 an hour. Even with wage increases for new workers expected to take effect under the new UAW contract, it is still affordable for GM to hire people for its plants because profits are soaring.This evening, The Associated Press reported that pay increases of as much as $3 per hour will be awarded to new hires and entry-level auto workers under the new contract. GM and the union declined to confirm that.

To get things rolling, General Motors is expected to turn first to reopen Spring Hill as part of a promise to the UAW to reopen or build a plant a month every month for the next 18 months. Elected and union officials in Tennessee have been told they're getting the plant reopened in some form. Since the plant stopped making cars, about 1,100 auto workers have remained on the payroll making engines and another 500 workers will be hired soon by GM to handle that growing workload.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., predicted in 2009 that Spring Hill would be back to full employment someday.

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i am waiting for this nice article on Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain
And just how would these people feel about taking the jobs away from the 2000+ people CURRENTLY manufacturing the Equinox and Terrain??
As the article notes, Spring Hill would take on overflow work in assembling Terrains and Equinoxes, not supplant the work assigned to the Canadian auto workers. In effect sending work to Tennessee would relieve pressure on Canadian workers by helping them get the work out instead of letting it back up. HAWKE FRACASSA
That's what they're saying now, but only time will tell. If they're indeed gonna start up production of the equinox & terrain in Springhill, I'm certain it won't be long before the Canadians that originally designed and are currently building them will lose their jobs.
When the difference in wages is to be approx. $15.00 per hour. for line assemblers guess where they will all end up. Plus Spring Hill is a Flex plant.
This is yellow journalism.... "While veteran auto workers are paid handsomely at almost $60 an hour when marrying wages and benefits, a rookie auto worker makes around $14 an hour." If you are going to make a comparison, it should not be between apples and oranges. If you refer to veterans wages including benefits then the rookie wage should also include benefits.
The story above is irresponsible journalism. It's based on rumor & innuendo. Read the following article from the Globe & Mail in Toronto. It is much more accurate. Springhill will be set up to as a 'flex plant' with the ABILITY to produce overflow for vehicles such as the Equinox & Terrain. Nowhere was Spring Hill told they are getting those vehicles. They are getting two new ones that were originally slated to be produced in Mexico. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/gm-to-turn-tennessee-factory-into-flexible-plant/article2176466/ I also agree with Anonymous. If you're gonna quote wages, compare apples & apples. Don't over exaggerate 'veteran' auto workers at 60/hr by including wages, benefits, retiree costs, and all their various deductions that are normally paid by any employer, and only quote the hourly wage of the 'new hires'. That's equally as irresponsible....

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