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GM schedules extra shifts in Moraine

DETROIT - General Motors is poised to add four manufacturing shifts at its Moraine, Ohio, plant that makes mid-sized sport-utilities. The move will make up for production lost this year because of parts shortages and a recall.

GM expects to gain about 3,000 vehicles from the extra shifts. The Moraine plant, which builds the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy and Oldsmobile Bravada, normally runs 120 hours over six days a week

and makes about 1,200 vehicles daily.

The need for extra shifts is driven partly by downtime at Moraine caused by a part shortage and a suspension recall, and strong demand for the vehicles.

Pending executive approval, the additional shifts will be a night shift Saturday, Sept. 8, a day shift Sept. 30, a night shift Oct. 14, and a night shift

Dec. 1.

American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc., a just-in-time supplier of front axles, rear axles, stabilizer bars and driveshafts for the three sport-utilities, already is preparing to increase its weekly assembly schedule to six days during the weeks with extra shifts.

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