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GM Discussing Fate of Canadian Plant

CEO Barra talks to union about Oshawa, examines plant plans.

by on Jun.10, 2016

GM's plant in Oshawa, Ontario, is slated to close in 2017. However, CEO Mary Barra is talking with the union about it.

General Motors is open to discussing the fate of the company’s assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario, with the Canadian Auto Workers during the upcoming contract negotiations this summer.

Even as it pours more investment in GM plants in Mexico, the company’s current product plans call for leaving the Oshawa plant vacant by the end of 2017.

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However, Mary Barra, GM chairman and chief executive, told reporters in Detroit prior to the company’s annual meeting that GM had what she described as “constructive” discussion with Unifor, the union that represents Canadian autoworkers employed by GM. (more…)

General Motors Building $162 Million Plant

New Michigan facility expected to be ‘high tech.’

by on Mar.06, 2014

GM is investing $162 million into its Lansing Grand River plant in Lansing, Mich.

General Motors plans to invest $162 million at one of its Michigan facilities, possibly for a new stamping plant, according to local officials.

The maker is looking at adding a 225,000-square-foot plant at its Lansing Grand River Assembly facility in Lansing, Mich., Bob Trezise, president and CEO, Lansing Economic Area Partnership, told the Detroit News.

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Any new plant would follow in the heels of the new $44.5 million, 400,000-square-foot logistics facility next to its Lansing Grand River plant. The new site, which is expected to be finished this year, will add about 200 jobs. There are currently about 1,540 employees. (more…)

GM Investing $1.3 Billion at Five U.S. Plants

Move means 1,000 jobs, better quality and logistics.

by on Dec.16, 2013

General Motors announced nearly $1.3 billion in equipment upgrades at five U.S. plants.

The good news for U.S. manufacturing continued today with the announcement that General Motors plans to invest nearly $1.3 billion in five U.S. plants creating or saving 1,000 jobs.

The announcement comes just days after cross-town rival Ford Motor Co. announced it would add 5,000 jobs in the U.S. in 2014, part of a global expansion program. Detroit-based automakers, collectively, have added tens of thousands of jobs since emerging from the most recent recession and a period during which they slashed employment and closed scores of plant.

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“GM is committed to a strong American manufacturing base and creating jobs in dozens of communities throughout the country,” said GM Executive Vice President and North America President Mark Reuss in a statement. (more…)

General Motors Confirms 2,500 New Jobs Coming at Chevrolet Volt Plant

Detroit assembly line will quadruple plug-in production, add Chevy Malibu and Impala models.

by on May.25, 2011

GM's North American President Mark Reuss at the Poletown plant announcing 2,500 new jobs.

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.

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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.

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GM Investing $2 Bil in Plants – Adding 4,200 Jobs

Move impacts 17 factories in 8 states.

by on May.10, 2011

GM CEO Akerson will announce $2 billion in plant investments - and 4,200 new jobs.

General Motors hopes to reassert its role as the preeminent U.S. automaker as it rolls out plans to invest $2 billion in 17 of its plants across eight states.

The move, which will be formally announced by CEO Dan Akerson during a visit to a transmission plant in Toledo, Ohio today, should create at least 4,200 new jobs.  It is unclear how many of those new positions will be filled by workers paid on a lower, second-tier wage structure, however.

The Toledo plant, for one, is expected to receive $250 million in upgrades that will lead to the creation of 250 new jobs.  But other plants on the list include the so-called “Poletown” plant, that straddles the Detroit-Hamtramck border, where GM produces a variety of products including the new Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid.

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Akerson, a former telecomm executive named GM CEO last year, is expected to reveal only some of the details during his Toledo appearance.  Additional information will be released as the project moves forward.  That could help increase media coverage for a company intent on shedding its image of insolvency.

But the maker may also use the dangling carrot for wrangling further concessions from the United Auto Workers Union.

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Summer Shutdown Canceled at Most GM Plants

Increased demand is latest indicator the company is healing.

by on Jun.17, 2010

The decision is expected to result in 56,000 additional vehicles.

General Motors Company announced today that it plans to skip the traditional summer shutdowns in North America to help meet customer demand for new vehicles.

GM said nine of 11 assembly plants would continue to operate during the traditional closure period, running from June 28 to July 9. Most of GM’s U.S. stamping and powertrain plants will also work to support assembly operations.

The decision is expected to result in 56,000 additional vehicles.

“This move will help buyers waiting for high-demand products such as the Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia,” said Mark Reuss, president of GM North America.” Our manufacturing teams are taking creative approaches to increase production and reduce the wait times for our dealers and customers.”

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Historically, the summer shutdown was used by the automakers to complete the annual model changeover. Over the last 20 years, the two-week shutdown evolved, allowing the domestic auto industry to support maintenance operations and enabling employees to use their vacation weeks without interrupting overall productivity.   (more…)

GM to Spend Nearly $900 Million on Plant Upgrades

Move will save 1,600 jobs.

by on Apr.27, 2010

The latest GM investment will help produce a new, more efficient line of V8s.

Barely a week after announcing big investments in plants in Kansas and Detroit, General Motors is ready to invest another $890 million in five more North American factories – a move that sources say should save or add 1,600 union jobs.

The primary investment, totaling about $400 million, will go into GM’s V8 engine plant in Tonawanda, New York.  It’s part of an effort to launch an all-new powertrain for products like the Chevrolet Silverado.

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Other plants on the list include an aluminum foundry in Bedford, Indiana – where employment had plunged, in recent years, from 1,200 to just 366 – Bay City, Michigan, Ste. Catherines, Ontario and Defiance, Ohio.

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GM To Invest $494 Million In U.S. Manufacturing

Three plants will be upgraded to make new “Ecotec” engines.

by on Feb.18, 2010

Oh, how the mighty V8 engine has fallen...

General Motors Company said today that it would invest more than $494 million and create about 550 jobs in three U.S. plants to produce the next generation fuel-efficient Ecotec engine. The project consists of the following:

  • Tonawanda, NY – $425 million site investment will add capacity for the next generation Ecotec engine at 370,000 per year and bring about 470 jobs to that community
  • Defiance, OH – $59 million site investment will support precision sand cast block at a capacity of 188,000 annually and result in about 80 jobs to that community
  • Bay City, MI – $10.5 million site investment will bring new product to the plant (Ecotec connecting rod) and will create about 15 jobs for that plant.

The investment includes facility renovation, new machinery, equipment and special tooling to support this engine program at the three plants.

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GM Could Reopen Plants, Hire New Workers

“Tired of taking punches,” says Reuss, but some deserved.

by on Jan.11, 2010

GM President Mark Reuss says he's "tired of taking punches," but admits the automaker has a lot of work to do to repair its tattered image.

While December brought another sales decline for General Motors, there are some clearly positive signs, said Mark Reuss, the automaker’s president of North American operations, and that could bring an end to the sharp cutbacks the automaker has been suffering in recent years.

Several recent products, such as the Chevrolet Camaro, are in short supply, noted Reuss, during a media roundtable at the 2010 North American International Auto Show, and the automaker is looking for ways to bump up production capacity at several of its plants in the U.S. and Canada.

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That and the need to update its portfolio could lead GM to start hiring again after years of steady cuts, said Reuss.  “If I’m doing my job right,” he said, “I’d like to do that.”

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Michigan GM Plant Wins Small-Car Face Off

Orion Township beats plants in Wisconsin and Tennessee.

by on Jun.26, 2009

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Orion will not only build a tiny subcompact car, but also will be equipped to build larger models.

The state of Michigan has won out over Tennessee and Wisconsin in a battle over when GM will build a new small car. As many as 1,400 jobs were at stake.

The General Motors  plant in Orion Township beat out GM plants in Wisconsin and Tennessee where the old Saturn plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee now appears headed for sale with the assets of the old GM that will linger on in a bankruptcy liquidation after the ‘new” GM emerges.

A consultant familiar with the competition between the three states said officials from Wisconsin had offered $70 million in tax credits. It appears Michigan’s offer was larger and “that might tip the scales,” the consultant said privately. Michigan has not released details of Michigan’s offer, pending GM’s announcement.

GM CEO Fritz Henderson had said last week the decision would be reviewed by the Obama administration. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke  said during a visit to a solar panel plant in Auburn Hills, Michigan this week that the administration plans to do all it can to help the economy in Michigan where unemployment is at record levels with no improvement in sight. GM had announced plants to close seven plants across the state as part of bankruptcy-driven restructuring, including Orion.

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Henderson said last week the chosen plant would be re-equipped not only to build a new small subcompact GM was planning to import from China, but another vehicle as well, starting in late 2011 or early 2012. The new plant will not only build a small subcompact car, but also will be equipped to build other models, he said. A nearby stamping plant is also expected to remain open as part of the deal.

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