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General Motors’ (GM) Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly, Michigan, will soon diminish the internal combustion. Its first step is to stop the production of Chevrolet Impala and, after that, convert the facility into its first electric vehicle plant. According to established Detroit Free Press, the creation of the 2020 Chevrolet Impala is going to stop by the end of this week. After that, the production of the internal combustion vehicles will officially stop at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant.
Post the stoppage of internal combustion production vehicles; GM will begin the production of the electric pickup GMC Hummer trucks and Cruise Origin EV at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant. The transition period of this plat is expected to be in the next 12 to 18 months. Moreover, once the transition period is complete, the Detroit-Hamtramck plant will become one of the most advanced manufacturing units in North America, with more than 2200 employees.
However, the Detroit-Hamtramck plant wasn’t the same some time ago. GM was initially going to close the facility because of its restructuring. Fortunately, the company backed its plan post negotiations with the United Auto Workers (UAW). The talks took place during the extensive union strikes a year ago. GM is expected to spend almost $2.2 billion for the transition of the Detroit-Hamtramck internal combustion vehicle power plant into an electric plant.
Unfortunately, there is sad news for its current employees of GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant. The company is going to lay off almost 814 workers once the production of the 2020 Chevrolet Impala stops. These include both salaried and hourly employees at the plant. Members of the UAW have already been asked to either permanently or temporarily relocate to one of GM’s other plants. They will be recalled once the redesigning of the plat has been completed.
An unfortunate aspect of this news is that GM has not informed whether the production of the 2020 Chevrolet Impala will completely stop or will it continue at other plants. On the other hand, workers are retiring from GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant with a retirement package compensation of up to $60,000. Workers are even being offered a choice of a full relocation package that compensates for $30,000 and a transitional package that pays for $5000.
Presently, there are more than 250 openings with a 10 hour that begins at 6:00 am at other GM plants. At the same time, more than 600 workers are waiting for their final confirmation about their next assignment from the company by email and post. Furthermore, the Detroit-Hamtramck plant began in 1985 and had since then manufactured more than 4 million vehicles. Automobiles like Oldsmobile Toronado, Trofeo, Pontiac Bonneville, Buick LeSabre, the Cadillac Eldorado, DeVille and Seville, Chevrolet Impala, and the Chevrolet Volt were manufactured at this unit.
The facility of the plant spread across two neighboring cities Detroit and Hamtramck. The Detroit-Hamtramck plant has the capacity to manufacturer 160,000 vehicles at a time. Post-re-designing of the plant, GM expects to manufacture 25,000 electric cars by 2023 and 50,000 by 2024. In 2019, there were 34,344 vehicled manufactured at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant.