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Old 01-03-2009, 06:32 AM   #1
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Default Spring Hill Tennessee A New Kind of Factory

Spring Hill, Tennessee - A new kind of factory.

I followed Saturn from the beginning.

GM went to Spring Hill, Tennessee and built a new state of the art factory.

Then GM hired workers and those assembly line workers had just two pay grades.

The assembly line was borrowed from the Japanese. Team or group workers. Everyone on the team had to know the others job.

And there was a special bell or flag or something that any worker could ring or pull or wave - and the whole assembly line stopped. This was for quality issues. A lone employee could stop the whole line if there was a quality issue on the line.

This should have equaled a high quality assembled car.

Now, granted, this line at Spring Hill did not make all the componets that went into the assembly of the Saturn.

So what happened?

Why aren't Saturns manufactured on this exceptional modern quality assembly line anymore? With these good exceptional assemly line workers?

Tell my why Saturns are not manufactured in Spring Hill Tennessee anymore.

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Old 01-03-2009, 12:53 PM   #2
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Default Re: Spring Hill Tennessee A New Kind of Factory

Very simple. Saturn vehicles are not unique to Saturn anymore, and because they're based on the same platforms and with the same mechanicals as other GM vehicles, the only model for production that works financially and makes sense is to produce them in the same plants alongside their platform mates.

Before, much was unique including down to engines and such, so having a separate Saturn plant and way of doing things made sense. With those products gone, and all the current lineup sharing platforms with other GM vehicles, it would not. Case in point the Aura, which shares most with the Malibu and G6. None of the 3 are sold in enough capacity to assign each to their own plant, so they're split amongst two. Works this way all across the industry.

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Old 01-03-2009, 02:35 PM   #3
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Default Re: Spring Hill Tennessee A New Kind of Factory

^^^You beat me to it. Also, Does your newer GM product have a four-cylinder engine? It was likely made at Spring Hill Assembly. Spring Hill has been selected to produce the DI 2.4L Ecotec that will debut in the 2010 Chevy Equinox.


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