GM to idle Detroit-Hamtramck plant, 1500 workers for 6 weeks

General Motors plans to temporarily shut down Detroit factory over slow demand, says report

GM also plans to lower the assembly line speed at the plant starting October 20.

US automaker General Motors will close a Detroit plant until the end of the year and scale back its assembly line production next year, the company said Thursday.

General Motors Co. will idle its Detroit-Hamtramck plant for six weeks later this year to pare inventory before making permanent production cuts because of slowing sales, according to a person familiar with the plan.

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According to the Wall Street Journal, roughly 1,500 workers will be affected at GM'S Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant, which produces four auto models that are seeing sluggish demand: the Buick LaCrosse, the Cadillac CT-6 sedan, the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, and the Chevrolet Impala. Along with that announcement, GM said it planned to layoff around 1,200 employees at the plant. GM says the action should stabilize production at the factory. Through September, passenger-car sales have fallen 10 percent while SUV and light truck deliveries have risen 4.4 percent, according to researcher Autodata Corp.

GM declined to comment to the Journal and was not immediately available for comment to CNBC.

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