GM summer shutdown begins

Thousands of local autoworkers are off the job Monday morning, May 11.

General Motors begins summer shutdowns.

The temporary plant closings will impact nearly 3,000 employees at the Toledo Powertrain and the Defiance Foundry over the next few months.

Here are the details:

(WTOL) - General Motors has announced details on the summer shutdowns affecting Toledo Powertrain and the Defiance Foundry.

Operations will be idled at both facilities beginning Monday, May 11.

Media Release from GM:

Executive Summary

On April 23, 2009, GM announced an additional reduction of approximately 190,000 units in the second quarter and early third quarter based on the need to continue to reduce inventory levels and to align production output with the industry market forecast of approximately 10.5 million units in 2009.

This will result in a significant number of down weeks at many of GM's North American assembly plants over the next several months.   Accordingly, Powertrain Toledo will reduce production schedules, beginning Monday, May 4, 2009, to remain aligned with our assembly plant customers.

With the exception of a few core groups, this eight week temporary layoff impacts the majority of the plant's active employees.

REVISED 4/29/09 Summary of Toledo Summer Scheduling Actions:

Beginning Monday, May 4, 2009, GMPT Toledo will idle six-speed rear-wheel-drive transmission operations. Workers will return to the job on Tuesday, May 26, for a one-week build followed by a five-week layoff. Regular plant operations are anticipated to resume on Monday, July 6, 2009.

Week

Toledo
RWD6

05/04/2009

down

05/11/2009

down

05/18/2009

down

05/26/2009*

RUN

06/01/2009

down

06/08/2009

down

06/15/2009

down

06/22/2009

down

06/29/2009

down

07/06/2009

RUN

Summary of Defiance Summer Scheduling Actions:  

Beginning Monday, May 11, 2009, GMPT Defiance will alternately idle operations in Plants 1 and 2 and the Aluminum Department. The sequence of rolling down weeks will impact the plant's nearly 1,500 employees throughout the months of May and June. Additionally, the plant will observe the standard two-week July shutdown beginning June 29. Regular plant operations are anticipated to resume on Monday, July 13, 2009.

Plant One operations include iron blocks and heads, Plant Two operations include transmission components and cranks and Aluminum operations include blocks and heads. Certain Core Room and Finishing operations will run to support plant operations during the run weeks listed below.

Week

Plant 1

Plant 2W

Aluminum

05/11/2009

down

down

run

05/18/2009

down

down

run

05/25/2009

down

run

run

06/01/2009

run

run

run

06/08/2009

down

down

run

06/15/2009

down

down

down

06/22/2009

down

down

down

06/29/2009

down

down

down

07/06/2009

down

down

down