Crop Production Yields GM Truck Sales

By John W. Davis

November 8, 2010 Updated Nov 8, 2010 at 6:58 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Farmers have reported bumper crops this year.

Meanwhile, General Motors said that good harvest has had a positive impact on pickup truck sales.

GM executives said when farmers are doing well they invest extra money into new pickup trucks.

Locally, GM produces the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra.

The production of both trucks is on the rise, as 900 third shift workers were added at the Fort Wayne GM Truck Assembly Plant in May.

Additionally, dozens of temporary jobs will become permanent.

"The demand has sustained itself and as a result we are making 100 hundred of those temporary positions into permanent positions. The first 50 of those folks will be joining us in December and the second 50 will be joining us in January. We see a continued trend for improvement," said Fort Wayne General Motors Assembly Plant Communication Manager Stephanie Jentgen.

Purdue researchers said farm income could be up 20% compared to last year.

They cite low production cost and rising crop prices for the double digit increase.

Analysts said farmers could sow $508 million dollars into Indiana's economy.

Meanwhile, GM executives said sales are increasing.

However, they have noticed consumer confidence is lagging behind economic recovery indicators.

They believe that when everyday customers are ready to buy again, sales will continue to grow.

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