Wentzville GM plant adding third shift, 750 jobs

General Motors will add a third shift to its plant in Wentzville for pickup and van production, bringing 750 new jobs to the facility.

The third shift will begin in early 2015, Nancy Laubenthal, GM Wentzville’s plant manager, told the Post-Dispatch.

Three years ago, GM announced it planned to bring production of the pickups here and invest $380 million in the Wentzville plant by building a half-million-square-foot addition to its existing 3.7 million-square-foot plant, and adding or retaining 1,260 jobs. At the time, the plant only made vans and employed about 1,400 people.

Last year, GM’s announced it would also invest $133 million in Wentzville for a third stamping press system, adding or retaining another 55 jobs. The two investments combined to add 1,315 jobs and a $513 million investment. 

GM’s decision to add a third shift and 750 jobs is in addition to the jobs announced in 2011 and 2013. GM officials notified Wentzville employees about the expansion this morning.

[St. Louis Post Dispatch]