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GM to Start Third Shift at Brazil Complex, Add 2,630 Positions

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Jan. 27 (Bloomberg) -- General Motors Co. said it will begin a third shift at the Gravatai Industrial Complex in Brazil and add 2,630 factory and supplier jobs.

The Chevrolet Celta and Onix are made at the complex, according to a statement on GM’s website. The Detroit-based automaker will start production of another small sedan in February, prompting the third shift, Jaime Ardila, president of GM South America, said in the statement. GM didn’t provide additional details.

“We launched nine all-new Chevrolet models in the last 15 months in the Brazilian market and are poised for growth,” Ardila said in the statement. GM will add 1,450 jobs at a vehicle-assembly plant and 180 at a powertrain factory, while suppliers will add 1,000 jobs, according to the statement.

GM is looking to improve financial results in South America as the company’s growth in China slows and losses in Europe persist. Brazil accounted for 60 percent of the South American unit’s vehicle sales during the first nine months of 2012, according to a U.S. regulatory filing.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bill Koenig in Commerce, Michigan, at wkoenig@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jamie Butters at jbutters@bloomberg.net.

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