General Motors has signed two new contracts with logistics service providers in North America for finished vehicle and inbound parts movements.
The first, with specialist vehicle carrier Select 1 Transport, will see the LSP handle all specialised movements throughout GM’s North American testing facilities in Michigan, Arizona, and Colorado. The new contract is the first signed with a new carrier since 1989.
As well as test vehicles, Select 1 Transport will move engineering and concept vehicles to points around North America.
“Transporting test and concept vehicles requires a highly focused attention to detail. This is a key component to being successful in our industry,” said Gary Carlson, President and CEO of Select 1 Transport.
Elsewhere, Select 1 has also renewed its contract with Nissan North America for vehicle movements to its North American technical centre. The contract builds on an eight-year relationship between the two companies.
Meanwhile, in Canada, GM has signed a new inbound contract with Ceva Logistics for the storage and supply of parts to is Oshawa plant. The logistics provider is setting up an operation in a section of GM’s former truck plant, which is located nearby.
Ceva’s operation will occupy approximately 38,000m2 of the plant space and provide sequencing work for CAW members who are currently on layoff following the end of truck building activity there in 2009.
Ceva is responsible for unloading, unpacking, sorting and delivering parts to the adjacent car complex, which currently builds the Chevrolet Camaro and Impala models.
GM was planning to demolish the idled truck assembly site last year but pressure from the CAW to maintain the building has now been rewarded and there are expectations that similar business will now follow Ceva into the plant.