Following up on an earlier announcement that it would invest $2 billion in 17 U.S. plants, General Motors today provided additional details confirming it will add 2,500 jobs at the Detroit plant producing the well-publicized Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid.
Known as the “Poletown” plant, the factory will add a second shift later this year and is expected to introduce a third shift later on as it takes on several additional product lines. Among other things, the factory is beginning to roll out a European version of the Volt, called Opel Ampera, which GM believes will increase demand enough to support the production of 60,000 plug-ins next year – about four times more than it expects to produce in 2011.
In all, GM expects to invest $69 million in the facility, formally called the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant. The 26-year-old facility will shift from its traditional focus on luxury cars, such as the Cadillac DTS sedan, and is now expected to become one of the higher-volume assembly lines in the maker’s global production network.
“We’re doing (this) because we’re confident of consumer demand,” said Mark Reuss, president of GM’s North American operations, during a ceremony at the facility.