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GM adds 200 jobs at Chevy Volt plant

General Motors is adding about 200 workers at its Detroit-Hamtramck Chevy Volt factory in anticipation of increasing its production rate in July when the plant adds the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, people familiar with the situation said.

Many of the new workers went through the hiring process Thursday, and others had already done so, the people said. GM is hiring the workers via employee referrals. The company is not accepting applications.

GM spokesman Chris Lee declined to comment on the hiring, but said GM would align the plant’s production to demand.

The Detroit-Hamtramck plant is hiring after an up-and-down spring. Slower-than-expected Volt sales caused the factory to schedule a five-week shutdown in April. Then the automaker cut the downtime to four weeks as sales took off in California, where the Volt recently became a ticket to less-congested high-occupancy-vehicle lanes. The automaker now has a shortage of Volts in California, the people said.

The factory is still planning a longer-than-usual three-week shutdown, starting in June, the people said. After that, the plant will increase its production rate as it starts assembling the new Malibu
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