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GENERAL MOTORS LANSING AUTOMOTIVE AND UAW OFFICIALS EXPLORE PRODUCTION OPPORTUNITIES FOR LANSING ASSEMBLY PLANT

 GENERAL MOTORS LANSING AUTOMOTIVE AND UAW OFFICIALS
 EXPLORE PRODUCTION OPPORTUNITIES FOR LANSING ASSEMBLY PLANT
 LANSING, Mich., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- General Motors Lansing Automotive Division (LAD) and UAW Local 602 and Local 652 officials announced today that they are jointly exploring opportunities to add production of Chevrolet Cavaliers and/or Pontiac Sunbirds to the Lansing Car Assembly plant. A portion of this new production would be transferred from the LAD GM de Mexico plants and a portion would go toward meeting anticipated unfilled demand for these products in the U.S. and Canada.
 The GM de Mexico Ramos Arizpe plant would continue Chevrolet Cavalier production for the rapidly growing Mexican domestic market.
 Local management and union teams will be working together in the weeks ahead to develop a business case that will include a competitive labor agreement, alternate work schedule arrangements, facilities plans and work force requirements.
 "This proposal builds on our strategy to increase the manufacturing flexibility of our platform organization within General Motors," said Tom Davis, general manager of Lansing Automotive Division. "Our ability to develop a creative and competitive plan is key to securing this additional production in Lansing."
 Gary Watson, president of UAW Local 652, said: "We are pleased with the opportunity to begin work immediately on this feasibility study, and I am confident that the team of management and leadership of UAW locals 652 and 602 can meet the challenge."
 Ted Hartman, president of UAW Local 602, reiterated the UAW's commitment. "We look forward to playing a key role in developing a plan that will enhance the job security of our members through increased production and assembly of an additional line of cars."
 Dependent on the development of a competitive plan, production of the Chevrolet Cavalier and/or Pontiac Sunbird would begin in Lansing during the 1995 model year. Such a plan would provide the opportunity for increased production of vehicles resulting in an increase of jobs at the Lansing site. The final plan would require the approval of both General Motors and the UAW/GM Department.
 This opportunity for Chevrolet Cavalier and/or Pontiac Sunbird production in Lansing would be in addition to the production of the Buick Skylark, Pontiac Grand Am and Oldsmobile Achieva vehicles that currently are manufactured at this facility. The Chevrolet Cavaliers and Pontiac Sunbirds also are produced at LAD's Lordstown, Ohio, facility.
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 /CONTACT: Linda A. McGill of B-O-C Lansing Automotive, 517-377-5125/
 (GM) CO: General Motors Lansing Automotive Division ST: Michigan IN: AUT SU:


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