It could be troublesome to overstate simply how huge of a deal it’s for town of Detroit and its residents (and residents of southeast Michigan usually) that the Detroit Lions not solely made it convincingly into the NFL playoffs however discovered important success in defeating the Los Angeles Rams within the Wildcard spherical after which the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the next week. But when there’s one factor we will level to as an automotive-minded group, it is this: General Motors has delayed the beginning of the third shift at its Flint Meeting plant in order that employees will not should miss any a part of the sport.
To emphasise the magnitude of this choice, it is essential to notice that the Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD are constructed on the plant, and the recognition and, maybe extra importantly, profitability of these heavy duty trucks is so excessive that it is the solely GM plant in Michigan that runs a 3rd shift, as identified by the Detroit Free Press. The delay is roughly an hour in complete, and employees will not be paid for that lacking time. We doubt there shall be any complaints.
Granted, this is not the primary time GM has delayed beginning a late shift because of a giant sporting occasion. In prior years, delays have been recorded for some Super Bowls and for the in-state Michigan vs. Michigan State rivalry sport at GM services in Lansing, Michigan. Nonetheless, GM’s assertion on why it might maintain off manufacturing of such a profitable pair of autos explains it higher than we will: “We acknowledge the Detroit Lions enjoying within the NFC Championship sport as a uncommon, distinctive alternative that warrants this non permanent schedule adjustment to permit staff to benefit from the sport and make it to work on time.”
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The Free Press reached out to Ford and Stellantis to see if both of GM’s rivals can be making shift changes as effectively. Ford has but to supply a remark, however Stellantis, makers of the Ram truck and Jeep SUVs, has confirmed it is going to be working regular schedules in any respect of its services. For now, there’s just one extra query that wants answering: What if the sport goes to time beyond regulation? GM spokesman Kevin Kelly advised the Free Press, “We’re sticking with the hour delay.” We’ll simply have to attend and see about that.