General Motors’ Wentzville assembly plant is hiring several hundred workers — about 35 to 50 a week — over the next few months to help build redesigned Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickups later this year, according to the chairman the United Auto Workers local.
The Wentzville plant, which opened in 1983, currently makes the Chevy Express and GMC Savana full-size vans. The plant currently has 2,100 employees — 1,900 hourly workers and 200 salaried employees. That’s up from about 1,400 employees when the plant only ran a single shift in 2011. The plant has been adding workers since the November 2011 announcement to ready the facility for the new trucks, but the hiring “is certainly stepping up now that we’re getting closer to production,” the plant manager said.