GM Brings Back Second Shift at Outlook Plant

Lansing Delta Township Plant

Melissa Domsic from the Lansing State Journal: Hundreds of idled General Motors workers will be back on the line at the Lansing Delta Township plant by the end of summer. GM said Friday that 900 laid-off union workers will return to their jobs at the assembly plant by the end of August when a second shift is brought back. They will be part of a second shift that is being restarted after it was dropped in March. At the time, 1,100 workers were laid off. Local GM spokeswoman Heidi Magyar said solid sales of the three crossovers made at the plant - the Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook - and the expected addition later this year of the Chevrolet Traverse sister crossover to the Delta lineup also prompted the recall. GM said earlier this month when it filed for bankruptcy that it planned to halt production of the Traverse in Spring Hill, Tennessee, in November and shift it to the Delta plant.

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Mysterious Ohio Based Investment Group Arises as a Potential Buyer

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Update on May 7th: Leading negotiations for this group is Gary Marvicsin. Detroit News reports that he is employed in the auto industry.

Detroit News reports that there is a mysterious Ohio based investment group interested in acquiring Saturn. Unlike the other interested buyers, this group has developed a concept to keep the company domestically based. According to the article, the group is interested in purchasing domestically abandoned manufacturing plants to produce Saturns. Chrysler plants that are targeted to close due to bankruptcy troubles were specifically mentioned. The group wants to continue to employee UAW workers at these plants. While recognizing the high costs associated with employing union workers, such as benefits and pensions, the group believes that it is the right move for two reasons.