Opening in just 2006, General Motors’ Lansing, Mich. plant has wasted little time in reaching its million-vehicle milestone, a 2012 GMC Acadia. As the sole manufacturer of GM’s full-size “Lambda” platform crossovers, the factory serves as an employer of approximately 3700 workers and is GM’s newest assembly line in North America.
“This milestone shows the dedication of our team members to provide the highest-quality crossovers,” said plant manager Scott Whybrew in a statement. “Our team has established a strong foundation by continually improving our plant operations in order to exceed the expectations of our customers.”
Since starting up production in 2006, the Lansing Delta Township plant has produced the Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia, and Buick Enclave. It also produced the Saturn Outlook, which left production after the 2009 model year due to GM’s bankruptcy reorganization. The Outlook was also the first vehicle that rolled off the line in this assembly plant in 2006. At one point, the automaker had even discussed selling a Cadillac version of the Lambda platform, possibly as a replacement for the aging Escalade SUV.
At full-capacity, the Lansing plant can produce 290,000 vehicles over three shifts, helping GM to quickly populate the streets with its fast-selling crossover. Last year, GM sold 233,114 Lambda crossovers, but the automaker is up more than 20,000 sales through October versus last year’s numbers.
Source: General Motors