General Motors Plans To Run Plants For 24 Hours A Day

Posted Dec 22, 2009

General Motors will soon start experimenting with a project that involves running factories 24 hours per day. GM wants to become more efficient than Toyota through this experiment. As a result, GM will shut down some factories but will do some additional hiring at other facilities.

For example the Kansas City, Missouri General Motors facility will add 900 more jobs. And two other GM plants will add a third shift. The shift to 24 hour manufacturing was a strategy put together by the Obama administration auto task force. Currently the automotive industry standard for running at 100% capacity is when two shifts are operating during 250 days per year. The auto task force expects to see GM operating at 120% capacity based on industry standards.