GM Will Invest $300 Million, Add 400 Jobs In Michigan Plant For New Chevrolet Electric Vehicle

Posted by at 12:28 pm on March 22, 2019

 

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer addresses the gathering Friday, March 22, 2019, after it was announced GM is investing $300 million in its Orion Township, Michigan, assembly plant to produce a new Chevrolet electric vehicle that will bring 400 new jobs to the plant. Also, the company's commitment to invest a total of $1.8 billion in its U.S. manufacturing operations, creating 700 new jobs and supporting 28,000 jobs across six states. (Photo by Steve Fecht for General Motors)

General Motors announced plans to invest $1.8 billion and add 400 new jobs at manufacturing operations in six states, including $300 million and 400 new jobs at its Orion Assembly plant in suburban Detroit to produce a new full-electric Chevrolet vehicle.

The investment, announced Friday by GM CEO Mary Barra at the Orion plant, is expected to occur over the next two to three years, the company said.

The new electric vehicle had been slated for production outside of the U.S. The decision to bring it to Orion was based on many factors, including:

  • The Orion plant currently builds the Bolt EV, and the new Chevrolet EV will be based off an advanced version of the same vehicle architecture.
  • Moving production to a U.S. manufacturing plant supports the rules of origin provisions in the proposed United States, Mexico and Canada Agreement.

In addition to the job growth at the Orion plant, GM has job opportunities at several other U.S. manufacturing plants for virtually all U.S. hourly employees impacted by the recent announcement of unallocated plants. Other GM manufacturing plants adding jobs include Flint, Michigan; Spring Hill, Tennessee; Bowling Green, Kentucky; Arlington, Texas; and Toledo, Ohio.

The news comes days after U.S. President Donald lambasted the company for plans to potentially close up to four domestic plants. GM says the announcements were planned prior to his comments.

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