Building Cars at General Motors

GM has been adding shifts at many of its plants around the country. GM’s Delta Township plant near Lansing, Mich.

GM has been adding shifts at many of its plants around the country. GM’s Delta Township plant near Lansing, Mich. will run day and night starting in April, and the Detroit automaker has said it is adding a third shift at its Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kan., and, Ind., plants, restoring 2,400 jobs. [via SacBee]

note: By sales, GM ranked as the largest U.S. automaker and the world’s second largest for 2008. GM had the third highest 2008 global revenues among automakers on the Fortune Global 500. GM manufactures cars and trucks in 34 countries, recently employed 244,500 people around the world, and sells and services vehicles in some 140 countries.

On June 1, 2009 General Motors filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings from which it emerged on July 10, 2009 in a reorganization in which a new entity acquired the most valuable assets. GM is temporarily majority owned by the United States Treasury and to a smaller extent the Canadian government, with the US government investing a total of US$57.6 billion under the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

While no GM shares are currently available to the public, the company plans an initial public stock offering (IPO) in 2010.

GM plans to focus its business on its four core US brands: Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, and GMC. In Europe, following a period of negotiation to sell a majority stake in its Opel and Vauxhall brands, GM decided to retain full ownership of these operations.

On February 23, 2010, GM sold Saab Automobile to Spyker Cars NV[13]. GM is winding down its Hummer, Pontiac, and Saturn brands, the latter two remaining under the old GM, now known as Motors Liquidation Company.

A vehicle is welded by robot arms as it goes through the assembly line at the General Motors Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant on March 10, in Lansing, Mich. Getty Images / Bill Pugliano

A vehicle is welded by robot arms as it goes through the assembly line at the General Motors Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant in Lansing, Mich. Getty Images / Bill Pugliano

A crossover SUV vehicle goes through the assembly line at the General Motors Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant in Lansing, Mich. Getty Images / Bill Pugliano

General Motors employees assemble a GM crossover SUV on the assembly line at the GM Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant in Lansing, Mich. Getty Images / Bill Pugliano

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