GM Moves to Correct a Mid-sized Problem in Missouri

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
gm moves to correct a mid sized problem in missouri

Keeping its lucrative full-size pickup lines chugging along has proved a challenge for General Motors, what with workers in Indiana and Michigan shying away from factories due to COVID-19 testing, contraction of the illness itself, or fear of it.

The problem isn’t solely the domain of big truck and SUV plants. The automaker also has a problem with its midsize pickup plant in Missouri, but a solution is underway.

As reported by Automotive News, GM plans to switch on the worker pipeline running from the Rust Belt to Missouri.

Earlier this month, GM said it would cut the third shift at Wentzville Assembly, home to the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups, due to rising coronavirus cases in that state. The problem wasn’t a lack of demand for the midsize duo; rather, absenteeism was, like up north, increasingly becoming a problem.

It appears that the cancellation, which was to begin on July 20th, won’t happen after all. The third shift will remain, likely thanks to “imported” labor.

“Transfers from other GM locations along with the strategic use of temporary employees could be part of the Wentzville staff plan,” GM spokesman Dan Flores told AN.

While Missouri’s case count is still rising, with Wentzville’s St. Charles County among those with the most cases in the state, the county’s growth rate doesn’t rank among Missouri’s top 10.

Each Wentzville shift contains 1,250 workers. Assembling and moving the required number of workers to Missouri will take time, but GM aims to make the process a fast one.

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  • FreedMike FreedMike on Jul 29, 2020

    Well, I'm a former Missourian who's watched his home state devolve over the years, so it's no surprise they let this get out of hand. A little the 2000 election, this state actually elected a dead guy to the U.S. Senate, and the former governor's only qualifications for office was YouTube videos showing him using an assault rifle to Blow S**t Up Real Good. Think I'm kidding? I'm not. They should just divide the state in half - anything north of St. Louis and Kansas City should stay in Missouri, and the rest of the state should be renamed "North Arkansas" to complete its' reintegration into the Confederacy.

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    • Indi500fan Indi500fan on Jul 29, 2020

      My wife's sister lives in the SW corner of MO about 25 miles north of WalMartVille AR. West Virginia doesn't have a lock on rural blight, that's for sure.

  • CaddyDaddy CaddyDaddy on Jul 29, 2020

    They should just divide the state in half – anything north of St. Louis and Kansas City SHOULD BE GIVEN TO ILLINOIS. All the rest "should stay in Missouri" With your bent you would love Illinois and and the rest of the Chicago Political Machine.

  • Cimarron typeR Cimarron typeR on Jul 29, 2020

    I'm in KC, but live in JoCO KS., quickly becoming OACtown. This pocket of what used to be moderates controls the action of the rest of KS, and has quickly gone wacko in the past 5 years.