General Motors adding 750-person production shift in Missouri

Expanding production at a car plant in Wentzville, Missouri, could lead to a wealth of new jobs. General Motors' Wentzville facility is expected to add a third production shift in the first quarter of 2015, bringing with it 750 new positions, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

According to the source, GM is increasing its production in anticipation of its new series of pickup trucks. The company will start selling its new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon this fall, adding to the Wentzville plant's current production line of vans. Nancy Laubenthal, the factory's manager, told the Post-Dispatch that the expected demand for the new vehicles helped push the companies to open the new production shift.

"We base our operating plan on market demand, and we see strong demand for the full-size vans that we produce here, and we expect strong volumes for the new pickups," Laubenthal told the source.

General manufacturing has a strong labor market in Missouri. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that employment in the sector has been climbing steadily for most of the year, with more than 260,000 people working in the industry in July.