By on November 12, 2014

2015 Cadillac ATSs at Lansing Grand River Assembly

A total of 510 employees will be laid-off beginning in January, the result of two separate actions linked to production and inventory concerns.

According to Automotive News, the majority — 350 employees — come from the Lansing Grand River Assembly plant in Lansing, Mich., where the Cadillac ATS and CTS are assembled. The cut comes from the loss of a second shift at the plant, a planned cut in production as part of Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen’s promise to make his brand more exclusive, and to allow excess inventory to be sold off.

A second shift is expected to return when GM begins production of the next-gen Chevrolet Camaro — based upon the same platform underpinning the two Cadillacs — between the end of 2015 and the start of 2016. In the meantime, GM plans to relocate some of the 350 to one of its two nearby plants.

Closer to Detroit, Detroit Free Press says the remaining 160 employees at Lake Orion Assembly in Orion Township, Mich. will have their positions permanently phased-out starting in January. The plant is slowing down production of the Buick Verano and Chevrolet Sonic to meet projected sales. Representative Chris Bonelli says the process will conclude by the end of 2015, but the number of workers ultimately laid-off “could be reduced by planned retirements and general attrition.”

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23 Comments on “GM To Lay Off 510 Employees In Two Separate Actions...”


  • avatar
    psarhjinian

    “A second shift is expected to return when GM begins production of the next-gen Chevrolet Camaro — based upon the same platform underpinning the two Cadillacs — between the end of 2015 and the start of 2016. In the meantime, GM plans to relocate some of the 350 to one of its two nearby plants.”

    So is the Camaro formally moving to Lansing from Oshawa? Or is it going to be built in both?

  • avatar
    sportyaccordy

    This is gonna be good.

  • avatar
    CJinSD

    Is scarcity really exclusivity when it is the result of cars rotting on lots as potential owners buy other cars that they find preferable?

  • avatar
    Conslaw

    So the next generation Camaro is not going to be the “poor man’s Corvette”; it’s going to be the “poor mans’ Cadillac.” That’s pretty neat.

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    “…as part of Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen’s promise to make his brand more exclusive, and to allow excess inventory to be sold off.”

    Oh, Cadillac is already becoming more exclusive, and Johan is going to increase this rarity beyond anyone’s wildest imagination.

    Go, Johan.

  • avatar

    this would be funny if it wasn’t so sad. GM is a clueless company run by incompetent leaders. for many years I tried to tell them they were wrong when it comes to selling cars. I was right, they were wrong. I moved on. shame really.

  • avatar
    calgarytek

    While GM Canada’s operations sunset, Honda is actively investing. As for GM, well, poor decisions/approvals originate from management. One more reason to buy local (ie. Honda) as opposed to GM (most of their crap is sourced/will be assembled overseas).

    Give Honda/Toyota the tax incentives and screw GM.

    • 0 avatar
      mikey

      calgarytek…Honda is actively investing 81 million dollars of taxpayers money. Seems they plan to modernize their facility. Translation more robots…..less jobs.

      The rest of your uninformed comment, is not worth wasting the key strokes on.

  • avatar
    wmba

    ” …… Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen’s promise to make his brand more exclusive, and to allow excess inventory to be sold off.”

    Ha, ha, ha. The Caddy PR folk are still grazing at the RenCen, I see. No SoHo for them. Still insisting black and white is “something” plus black and white.

  • avatar
    VenomV12

    A couple of weeks ago I decided to give Cadillac another shot and test drove the CTS again, this time the proper one, V6 Premium model with everything. My test drive pretty much sums up why Cadillac is having problems.

    First the good. The car looked great in black, the wheels looked fantastic, the interior materials on the Premium are very nice and the top of the line seats are great. The power and handling are great and the car feels good and I like how the suspension feels and works in the different modes. CUE works fine for me, I like it, it has always worked fine for me. I also love the HUD system. The steering wheel was excellent also.

    Now the bad. This dealership, while staffed by nice pleasant people, is also a Chevy dealership. The salesmen were dressed in polo shirts and most of them covered in tattoos and knew little to nothing about cars and the guy I went out with, I suspect he worked at Taco Bell for his last job, I am not kidding. This dealership also likes to advertise their cars by having the hoods up with giant letters, you know these types of dealerships.

    Here is what is bad with the CTS. First of all the backseat is small and the cushion thin, the trunk is not large either. The panoramic sunroof is too small and needs to be extended further back. The motorized cupholder is just stupid, how about a motorized trunk instead on an almost $70,000 car? I don’t understand how this car does not have this as an option? The center console storage is pathetic also, although in their defense, Range Rover’s center console storage is just as bad if not worse.

    Cadillac makes a very nice car, but if they are serious about selling these and becoming the best luxury car maker out there, they need to be realistic and go visit a Lexus dealership and try to get their company up to that level, or they are just wasting their time.

    I criticized Johan a lot before but in retrospect, maybe he is correct with the move to Manhattan. Cadillac needs to disassociate itself from GM and the kind of people that are usually in GM dealerships and move to more of a Euro/Japanese atmosphere. To some extent even though Corvettes are selling well now, Corvette needs to do this also.

    • 0 avatar
      udman

      GM Tried to have separate dealerships right about the same time as the Bankruptcy, but because of the extremely tough franchise laws erected within each state (Talk to Tesla about that problem) there was no way GM could make the non stand alone Cadillac Dealers disappear. So, Cadillac will never have the dealership experience that is offered by Lexus, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, or even Infiniti because of these legacy dealers.

      A Manufacturer is almost powerless in terminating a Dealership for most any reason except Fraud, or Financial Difficulty. With dealerships making boatloads of money currently (Yes, even those that sell Mitsubishi Products) the only way to shut down a Franchised Dealer is Fraud, which is almost impossible to prove…

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        Exceedingly few Cadillac dealerships can survive long term without a GMC franchise connected to their hip, so that the GMC dealer truck profits (with truck profits forming most of GM’s profits) subsidizing Cadillac.

        This is especially true given how low volume Cadillac dealerships are (there are very few that sell more than 800 cars per year), or how expensive it is to build a new Cadillac dealer franchise or upgrade an existing structure so as to comply with GM’s mandates (especially for incentive cash which is literal lifeblood).

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        Cadillac Dealers are basically untenable as stand alone propositions, given the cost of constructing anew one, or renovating an older one based on GM’s requirements to enable participation in direct GM incentive/subsidy program (which is based on volume sales, what else?).

        There are few Cadillac dealers that sell more than 750 new cars per year. The ones that do are typically the Midwest and go balls out to exceed 1,000 new car sales a year.

        Most seasoned dealers wouldn’t start or want a Cadillac Dealership at this point unless it came with a GMC dealer attached – which is where the profits, action and volume are and have been for some time.

        By selling GMC, a Cadillac dealer can leverage economies of scale by sharing service bays, body shop, and lot/inventory acreage.

        I would guess that the typical GMC dealer sells an average of 3x to 4x the volume of new vehicles that a Cadillac Dealership does.

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        Cadillac Dealers are basically untenable as stand alone propositions, given the cost of constructing anew one, or renovating an older one based on GM’s requirements to enable participation in direct GM incentive/subsidy program (which is based on volume sales, what else?).

        There are few Cadillac dealers that sell more than 750 new cars per year. The ones that do are typically the Midwest and go balls out to exceed 1,000 new car sales a year.

        Most seasoned dealers wouldn’t start or want a Cadillac Dealership at this point unless it came with a GMC dealer attached – which is where the profits, action and volume are and have been for some time.

        By selling GMC, a Cadillac dealer can leverage economies of scale by sharing service bays, body shop, and lot/inventory acreage.

        I would guess that the typical GMC dealer sells an average of 3x to 4x the volume of new vehicles that a Cadillac Dealership does.

        This just reflects the fact that GM has made horrible product and pricing decisions regarding Cadillac’s structure.

  • avatar
    matador

    Oh my god! Look at that new Cadillac logo!

    http://www.reactiongifs.us/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/family_guy_barfing.gif

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