General Motors Announces $150 Million Investment in Five Michigan Plants

A battery is lifted into place for installation in the Chevrolet Bolt EV at the General Motors Orion Assembly plant Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, in Orion Township, Mich. The Chevrolet Bolt can go more than 200 miles on battery power and will cost less than the average new vehicle in …
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General Motors (GM) is set to invest over $150 million in five Michigan manufacturing plants, according to MLive.com.

“GM made the Michigan plant announcement, as well as an investment of $2 billion to build fully electric vehicles in Spring Hill, Tennessee, at a virtual briefing with reporters Tuesday, Oct. 20,” the report said.

The plants are located in Lansing, Flint, Lake Orion, Romulus, and Brownstown Township.

Although the company did not announce launch timing, potential additional jobs, and product details, the “largest in-state spending is slated for Lansing Delta Township Assembly, where GM is moving production of the next-generation GMC Acadia, representing an investment of more than $100 million,” the MLive.com article stated.

GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra said Tuesday that the company is “committed to investing in the U.S., our employees and our communities,” according to a press release.

Thirty-two million dollars will be invested at Flint Assembly for production of the heavy-duty Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups, the MLive.com report said.

“Ever since their launch last year, they’ve been been [sic] winning market share,” said GM Manufacturing Executive Director Doneen McDowell, adding, “We are going to make sure we have the capacity to meet customer demand.”

Flint Assembly employs 4,450 workers, the report continued:

Other plants in line for additional investments are Romulus Powertrain, which will get $17 million to enhance automation and increase capacity of GM’s 10-speed truck transmission, which is used in full-size pickups and other products; $3.5 million for Orion Assembly; and $750,000 for Brownstown Battery. Spending at both Lake Orion and Brownstown is related to additional production of the Cruise AV test vehicle at Orion Assembly, GM’s announcement says.

In March, GM said it was reopening its Warren, Michigan, transmission plant which it idled in 2019 to produce masks during the coronavirus pandemic, according to Breitbart News.

“Last year, GM idled the Warren plant — laying off 335 American workers, as well as being responsible for the layoffs of about 16,000 in the state’s supporting industries,” the report said.

“The closure of the plant was just one component of CEO Mary Barra’s plans to shutter four U.S.-based plants,” it concluded.

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