GM idle week canceled


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General Motors’ planned idle week for the Lordstown plant was canceled one day after the company reported the Cruze had a record-setting July, its third consecutive chart-topping month.

GM had planned the idle week to begin Aug. 26, but have since rescinded it. The company originally said they would shut the plant down to align production of the Chevrolet Cruze with market demand.

“The corporation has done a good job on not over building to the customer demand, and I think that was the plan to build out 13 gradually and pick up 14 right along,” said Glenn Johnson, president UAW Local 1112. ” But with the increased demand, we had no choice but to pull the plug on that week that’s good for our members. That keeps people working.”

Cruze sales in 2013 are 23.5% higher than the same time period last year.

Customers have purchased 81,373 Cruzes in the last three months, including an all-time monthly record of 32,871 in June.

The company said they also had their best May and July months this year. GM reported they sold 25,447 Cruze’s last month.

They have sold 159,136 Cruzes in 2013, a 23.5 percent increase over the same time period in 2012.

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