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Wentzville GM plant adds third shift, 750 jobs

The automotive sector of Missouri’s economy continues to with the announcement by General Motors that it is adding a third shift at its Wentzville Assembly Plant.

The move is expected to create 750 additional jobs at the plant by 2015.

The new shift will help the auto giant keep up with demand for its new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickup trucks, as well as the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savanna full-size vans.

According to a news release from General Motors, the Colorado has received nearly 30,000 dealer orders, a high take rate for a new product. The Colorado and Canyon both go on sale this fall.

The 750 third shift jobs will bring a record employment of 3,350 workers at the plant in the St. Louis suburbs. It’s the first time in the plant’s 30-year history that it has run a full three shifts.

In the last three years, GM has invested more than $500 million into the facility. Three years ago, the company built a half-a-million square foot addition to the 3.7 million square foot facility at a price tag of more than $380 million. Last year, the company announced it was investing $133 million for a third stamping press system at the plant. The moves added 1,315 jobs at the plant.

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