Printer Friendly

GM ANNOUNCES DIVISIONAL AND ENGINEERING CHANGES

 GM ANNOUNCES DIVISIONAL AND ENGINEERING CHANGES
 WARREN, Mich., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- General Motors (NYSE: GM)


announced today the integration of several North American passenger-car vehicle platform divisions in a move designed to reduce structural costs, improve efficiency and quality, and strengthen current and future products. This, combined with key central engineering changes, will enhance GM's ability to leverage its engineering and operations and Worldwide Purchasing activities across all North American production for immediate cost and quality improvements.
 General Motors Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Robert C. Stempel and General Motors President and Chief Operating Officer, John F. Smith Jr., said these actions are in line with previously announced objectives of reducing vehicle platforms to gain efficiencies in a manner that is totally invisible to the customer and at the same time further advance individual vehicle brand character and divisional image.
 Passenger Car Platform Consolidations
 Passenger car platform organizations are reduced from six to four, including Saturn, by implementation of the following integration that has already begun:
 -- Cadillac Motor Car Division and Flint Automotive Division will be consolidated to form a single Cadillac/Luxury Car Engineering and Manufacturing Division, which will include specific engineering and manufacturing operations for all GM front-wheel-drive large and luxury cars. Within the new division, there will also be a dedicated Cadillac Engineering and Manufacturing organization.
 -- The current Midsize and Rear Drive Automotive Divisions are being consolidated into a new organization, the Midsize Car Division.
 -- The Lansing Automotive Division will continue its responsibility for compact car engineering and operations. GM de Mexico reports to the Lansing Automotive Division, effective immediately.
 "Our focus in these changes is driven by three goals: consolidation in order to eliminate redundancy; compression of units by utilizing resources more effectively; and redeployment of resources where they can make the biggest positive impact on GM's business," Mr. Smith said.
 Cadillac/Luxury Car Engineering and Manufacturing Division
 The creation of the Cadillac/Luxury Car Engineering and Manufacturing Division is the first step in establishing the vehicle architecture of the full size and luxury front-wheel drive Cadillacs, Buicks, Oldsmobiles and Pontiacs for the mid '90s and beyond. The exclusive brand character of the Cadillac Motor Car Division will be enhanced by this integration and the retention of specific Cadillac operating functions.
 -- Donald E. Hackworth, GM Vice President, will be General Manager of the Cadillac/Luxury Car Engineering and Manufacturing Division, reporting to E. Michael Mutchler, Vice President and Group Executive for North American Passenger Car Platforms.
 -- John O. Grettenberger, GM Vice President, will continue as General Manager of Cadillac Motor Car Division Sales and Marketing Activities, reporting to J. Michael Losh, Vice President and Group Executive for North American Vehicle Sales and Marketing.
 The objective of these consolidations is to institutionalize the best practices of each organization and develop a leaner structure which performs functions efficiently and for the benefit of all involved divisions and vehicles.
 To share and expand these practices across all platform activities, Cadillac-specific engineering and manufacturing operations will report to Don Hackworth, with Edward D. DuCharme, Cadillac's Manufacturing Manager, and Robert L. Dorn, Cadillac's Chief Engineer, receiving support from both staff organizations.
 The Cadillac/Luxury Car Engineering and Manufacturing Division will be responsible for assembly centers in Flint (Buick City), Orion, Wentzville, and Detroit (Detroit-Hamtramck is a dedicated Cadillac assembly center) and produce more than 700,000 passenger cars annually.
 In addition, seven non-contiguous passenger car metal fabricating plants will report to F.T. Brady, Manufacturing Manager, Metal Centers for the Cadillac/Luxury Car Engineering and Manufacturing Division. Mr. Brady reports to Don Hackworth. The plants are located in Grand Blanc, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, and Pontiac, Mich.; Mansfield and Parma, Ohio; and Marion, Ind.
 Midsize Car Division
 By integrating the current Midsize Automotive Division and Rear Drive Automotive Division into the Midsize Car Division, GM will free up resources necessary to develop common business systems at the vehicle platforms, focus more resources on global sourcing opportunities, and support other NAO cost reduction programs.
 All products and facilities currently under the Midsize Automotive and Rear Drive Automotive Divisions will become part of the new division with the exception of the stamping operations, which have been transferred to the Cadillac/Luxury Car Engineering and Manufacturing Division.
 Like the Cadillac and Flint Automotive Division consolidation, this change will provide for immediate elimination of redundancies and integration of support staffs such as facilities engineering, finance, personnel, and general administrative functions.
 Joseph D. Spielman, GM Vice President, will be General Manager of the Midsize Car Division.
 The previous Midsize and Rear Drive Divisions produce approximately 1.3 million vehicles each year at assembly plants in Arlington, Texas; Bowling Green, Ky.; Doraville, Ga.; Fairfax, Kansas; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Oshawa, Ontario (2); Tarrytown, N.Y.; St. Therese, Quebec and Ypsilanti, Mich.
 Central Engineering Changes
 To better support the vehicle platform divisions, GM central engineering organization is being expanded and strengthened. Arvin F. Mueller is appointed to the new position of Vice President and General Manager of Engineering and Design Operations. In his new capacity, Mr. Mueller will assume responsibility for the central technical organizations currently reporting to Gary W. Dickinson. Mr. Mueller will become a member of the NAO Strategy Board and will continue as Chairman of the General Manager's Technical Management Committee. He will report to E.M. Mutchler, Vice President and Group Executive for North American Car Platforms.
 The expansion of the Vehicle Launch Center activities will support the initiation of all North American vehicle major model programs, and report to Donald L. Runkle, GM Vice President in charge of engineering support activities. Mr. Runkle reports to Mr. Mueller.
 Several engineering centers and functions will be consolidated and centralized under Mr. Runkle. Gerald A. Collins is appointed to a new position of Executive-in-Charge/Chief Engineer for the Vehicle Launch Center and will report to Mr. Runkle.
 Gary Cowger is appointed to the new position of Executive-in-Charge - Operations Support for North American Operations. His responsibilities will include the Die Management Group, NAO Paint Engineering, Central Industrial Engineering and other related central functions. Mr. Cowger will report to Mr. Mueller.
 Gary W. Dickinson, Vice President and Group Executive, will continue to report to the President, and his new assignment will be announced at a future date.
 -0- 10/23/92 R
 /CONTACT: William J. O'Neill of General Motors, 313-947-4102/
 (GM) CO: General Motors Corporation ST: Michigan IN: AUT SU: RCN PER


DH -- DE031 -- 4247 10/23/92 14:44 EDT
COPYRIGHT 1992 PR Newswire Association LLC
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 1992 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:PR Newswire
Date:Oct 23, 1992
Words:1071
Previous Article:UNIVAR DECLARES DIVIDEND
Next Article:NORTH AMERICAN MORTGAGE COMPANY ANNOUNCES PROMOTIONS
Topics:


Related Articles
GM TO MAKE FUNDAMENTAL CHANGES
GM ANNOUNCES NAO FINANCE APPOINTMENTS
GM ANNOUNCES TRANSFER OF MANAGEMENT FOR PITTSBURGH METAL FABRICATION FROM LANSING AUTOMOTIVE DIVISION TO CADILLAC/LUXURY CAR ENGINEERING
GM NORTH AMERICAN OPERATIONS TECHNICAL CENTER FOCUS
SAGINAW DIVISION REORGANIZES OPERATIONS
GM ANNOUNCES REALLIGNMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS STAFF
GM EXPANDS ITS DETROIT/HAMTRAMCK FACILITY WITH 'AGILE/FLEXIBLE BODY SHOP'
GENERAL MOTORS ANNOUNCES DEALER NETWORK PLANNING STRATEGY
New Global Powertrain Organization to Benefit General Motors
Alfred Sloan was right.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2016 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters