GM, Bullish on Midsize Pickups, Adds Workers at Missouri Factory

(Los Angeles Times/MCT) -

General Motors is so encouraged by orders for its new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickup trucks that the automaker is adding a third shift and creating 750 new jobs at its Wentzville, Mo., assembly plant.

The company said Tuesday that its dealers have ordered almost 30,000 new Colorado pickups.

The new jobs are in addition to the 1,315 positions the company said it created in Wentzville to launch its new pickup line. The factory currently employs 2,600 workers, GM said. The new workers will begin early next year.

The new worker figures, GM said, mean the company has “protected or added” 27,000 jobs at U.S. plants, representing $11.2 billion.

The figures also represent a bit of good news for the beleaguered auto manufacturer, which for the last year has been in the headlines mostly for its ongoing ignition-switch problem. The switch failure, which the company may have known about for a decade or more before reporting it to authorities, has been linked to at least 19 deaths.