Surging Camaro Sales Just Pushed One Michigan Factory Into Overdrive
Chevy has ordered round-the-clock shifts to meet hungry demand for Motor Trend’s Car of the Year.
The 2016 Camaro is so popular, General Motors is adding a third eight-hour shift to the Camaro’s Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant to build them around the clock.
The 2016 Camaro has been awash in accolades: it scored the highly-coveted Motor Trend Car of the Year award, and more importantly, Maxim loved it. Chevy confirmed the production boost was to meet demand for the surprisingly powerful six-cylinder Camaro that has proven to be a smashing success.
The plant is hiring 500 new workers, bringing the plant’s total workforce to 2,300. About 230 of 2016 Camaro, which hit dealership lots in November, are produced each shift.
“The Camaro has been good to us,” said Mike Green, president of UAW Local 652, which represents workers at the plant. “For launching a sports car in the fall, it’s doing well in the market,” he told the Lansing State Journal.
“It’s good for us, good for business and good for the economy in Lansing,” he said.