Wilmington Plant Moving to Two Shifts

General Motors' Boxwood Assembly Plant in Wilmington, Delaware will be eliminating the third shift at the facility beginning April 14th. The plant builds the Saturn Sky and Pontiac Solstice roadsters, as well as the Opel GT and Daewoo G2X, which are exported for sale in Europe and Korea, respectively.

"We are going to a two-shift operation," Alice Petitt, GM spokeswoman, told The News Journal. "This is market-driven, adjusting our processes to meet customer demand."

While winter months are typically slow sales months for convertibles, earlier this week Automotive News reported that "it was a particularly cold month for the three moderately priced two-seat convertibles on the market: the Mazda Miata, Saturn Sky and Pontiac Solstice. All three declined from January 2007." The trade magazine reported that overall sales for the segment fell 21.2% last month.

Petitt told the newspaper that about 400 unionized workers work the third shift at the plant, which starts at 10:30pm and runs until 6:37am. Its unclear at this time if all 400 workers will be affected by the change.

Source: The News Journal, Automotive News

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