DETROIT (TheStreet) -- General Motors plans to lift production at three plants in Kansas, Indiana and Michigan, in another indication that the automaker has felt an uptick in demand for its cars.
The company will add a third shift at those plants -- Fairfax, Kan., Fort Wayne, Ind., and Lansing Delta Township, Mich. -- and rehire 2,400 workers. The moves come as GM has shuttered some of its factories, put others on standby and retooled still others for the manufacture of different models, all in a bid to transform itself and find profitability after the worst chapter in its long history.
In a statement, vice president Tim Lee said that, with the moves, "We are better positioned to deliver the vehicles our customers' desire and put thousands of employees back to work that would have otherwise been laid off."
A shortage of GM models, including the Buick LaCrosse and the Chevy Malibu, have led to dealer complaints, according to the
As such, GM said Tuesday, it will make the Fairfax plant its only producer of the Malibu, taking over from a facility in Orion, Mich., which will be retooled for small cars.
The Fort Wayne factory, meanwhile, will take on pickups from a soon-to-be shuttered plant in Pontiac, Mich., and Lansing will add the Chevy Traverse to its menu of offerings.
Last month, GM announced that it would increase its production schedule in North America by 20%, or 60,000 vehicles, in the third and fourth quarters and rehire 1,350 workers.
-- Written by Scott Eden in New York
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