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Production of the Traverse to be halted at Spring Hill in November of this year. More details as they become available.
 

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I would guess the Traverse will be moved to the Delta Plant in Lansing MI, to be built with the other Lambdas. Only rumor, I don't know this as fact, but that is what seems to be the best option.
 

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By G. Chambers Williams III • THE TENNESSEAN • June 1, 2009

General Motors’ Spring Hill plant may be in line to get the new small car that the automaker announced last week that it would build in the United States, even though the facility will lose the Chevrolet Traverse crossover utility vehicle that launched at the Tennessee plant last fall.

“They are going to take the Traverse to Lansing, Mich., but the good news is that this plant will be on standby and will be one of the standby plants in contention for new products,” said Mike Herron, chairman of United Auto Workers Local 1853, which represents about 2,900 hourly workers at the facility.

Traverse production will cease at Spring Hill “around Thanksgiving,” which will idle about 2,500 workers at the plant, at least temporarily, he said.

The rest of the plant’s workers will continue to be employed in the engine, metal stamping, plastic injection-molding, and parts-warehousing operations that will not be affected by the end of Traverse production, Herron said.

"This isn't great news, but it's better (than) the alternative," said Mike O'Rourke, Local 1853’s president. "It's good for Spring Hill we're still in the fight.”

He said that while the plant is idle, workers would receive 75 percent of their pay for a limited amount of weeks. A GM worker at Spring Hill makes an average wage in the $25 range per hour.

How long the assembly line will be idled isn’t known yet, but if GM were to give Spring Hill the new small car that was promised to the UAW in the revised contract the union approved last week, the shutdown could be just months.

That’s because GM spent nearly $1 billion over the past two years to reconfigure Spring Hill as a new flexible assembly facility that can be changed over quickly to build any vehicle makes, including the small car that the automaker originally intended to build at a foreign plant.

Even though Spring Hill wasn’t on the list of permanent plant closures, “There is deep disappointment and concern by the members here about losing the Traverse,” Herron said. “We are wondering what the next product will be, but we know for sure something is coming. We’re considered one of GM’s key assets.”

Spring Hill will be competing with the other standby plant, in Orion Township, Mich., for the new small car or any other new GM vehicles, however.
 

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So - given the article I have just posted - it looks to me like all of us that have our Traverse in the driveway by November will have sort of a collector's item.
The VIN location tag and the "Spring Hill" sticker inside the door will forever make our Traverse units unique. Here's hoping Spring Hill gets rewarded for making the Traverse another success story.
 

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Regarding an answer to a question on the GM Inside News forum regarding Spring Hill originally being a saturn plant:
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They don't build Saturns there anymore true, but not a completely correct answer. The Spring Hill plant was actually a "secured asset" in the creation of the Saturn Distribution Corporation a wholly owned subsidiary of GM. The bankruptcy of GM the may wipe this out but a few weeks back the holder of the note's monetary demands were said to have stymied the transfer to a foreign (not from China or India by the way) manufacturer who wanted to build their cars in Spring Hill.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. It would be the height of irony if Spring Hill starts building small cars again after Lutz and GM determined that Saturn needed to "get out of that business" because it would never be profitable.
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Could you have imagined how we would all have felt knowing our Traverse production line staff could have been almost employeed by foreign interests? Wonder if this is actually true and how close it actually came?
 

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Colossal waste of money, tooling up Spring Hill for just a little over one model year. This decision alone probably cost GM hundreds of millions.
 
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