GM’s Contract With 3PL Adds 500 Jobs

General Motors has selected Comprehensive Logistics Inc. (CLI) to manage global inbound logistics and value-added subassembly processes for the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze.

Under the agreement, CLI will receive parts and components from hundreds of global suppliers and build complex vehicle configurations for just-in-time delivery to the automaker’s assembly lines in Lordstown, Ohio. Materials for the Cruze will flow through CLI’s 500,000-square foot Logistics Optimization Center (LOC) in Austintown, Ohio.

GM will issue electronic “pull signals” containing specifications for front horizontal, vertical and rear suspension systems as well as headliner modules with visors, dome lamps, OnStar safety devices and overhead consoles.

The Austintown LOC will manage inbound logistics, scheduling, storage and retrieval, metering, sequencing, kitting, returnable containers and outbound transportation for the Cruze line. The three-shift operation adds more than 500 jobs to the region.

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