GM’s Fairfax plant in KCK will eliminate one shift; layoffs to idle 1,000

Slumping sales of the Chevrolet Malibu have led General Motors to eliminate a production shift at its Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas City, Kansas, which will mean layoffs of about 1,000 workers.

GM will reduce the number of production shifts from three to two beginning in late September, a GM spokeswoman said.

The plant now employs more than 3,000 people to produce the Chevrolet Malibu.

The decision was spurred by declining demand for midsize cars across the market, the spokeswoman said, adding that the market share for midsize cars was 16 percent in 2013 but declined to 11.6 percent through May.

Mark Holland, mayor of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, said he reached out to union workers to let them know the local government would help minimize the impact to workers and their families.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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