GM to invest $300 million into Orion Plant

Marco Green
March 24, 2019

GM said in last year's announcement that, "In the past four years, GM has refocused capital and resources to support the growth of its crossovers, SUVs and trucks, adding shifts and investing $6.6 billion in U.S. plants that have created or maintained 17,600 jobs".

GM wouldn't say when the new workers will start or when the new vehicle will go on sale, nor would it say if the workers will be new hires or come from a pool of laid-off workers from the planned closings of four US factories by January. It's a sensible choice, since the Bolt EV is already built there and the two will be sharing a vehicle architecture.

More details on the new Chevy electric auto will be released closer to production, the automaker added. At the top of that list, 2,800 GM employees were impacted by GM's recent announcements of job cuts at GM's "unallocated plants". The new Chevrolet EV is in addition to the company's earlier announcement that Cadillac will be the first brand to get vehicles off a future EV platform.

A press conference will be held Friday morning at the plant.

"This new Chevrolet electric vehicle is another positive step toward our commitment to an all-electric future".

Company executives are expected to make the case that the new EV - originally considered for one of GM's Chinese plants - is being built in the United States because of the new trade deal that is still awaiting approval by the U.S. Congress.

The moves may help assuage Trump, who's attacked GM over its decisions announced in November to idle an OH plant and four other underutilized factories in the US and Canada.

Enlarge Image The Lake Orion facility also builds the Cruise AV which is an autonomous development vehicle based on the Bolt EV.                  General Motors
Enlarge Image The Lake Orion facility also builds the Cruise AV which is an autonomous development vehicle based on the Bolt EV. General Motors

Just days after President Trump ripped General Motors and urged it "Bring jobs home!" after closing its Lordstown, Ohio, plant, its CEO Mary Barra told FOX Business that it is undeniably committed to growing jobs in the United States.

It's the latest commitment GM has made in MI.

About 1,700 hourly positions at the Trumbull County facility will be eliminated as part of the company's major restructuring plan, which was announced previous year. Of those, more than 1,400 were in Lordstown, which the company says it will close as it winds down production of the Chevrolet Cruze. GM's investment into trucks will add 1,000 jobs at its Flint Truck Assembly Plant, its Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant, and the Romulus Propulsion Plant. The plant now employs about 880 hourly and 130 salaried employees.

According to Reuters, it will be a $300 million investment in the Orion Township plant.

About $300 million will be geared towards production of electric vehicles at the auto giant's Orion plant in MI, creating 400 jobs, the company said in a statement. Additional facilities receiving investments will be announced later.

In November, GM announced plans to shut the four USA factories and one in Canada.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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