General Motors’ $5.4 billion plant spending spree carried on today with the announcement it will invest $175 million in its Lansing, Michigan, plant to build the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro.
In addition to the new tooling and equipment, the move also resumption of 500 workers on a second shift that had been on temporary lay off. The company has announced $2.8 billion in expenditures since it revealed its multi-billion dollar investment plan.
“With this investment in tooling and equipment, we will continue to do our part to build on the high-quality reputation of this iconic car,” said GM North American Manufacturing Manager Scott Whybrew in a statement. “These investments in the Lansing plants are proof of the teams’ quality commitment, to put the customer at the center of everything we do!”
The facility improvements include three new paint systems for Camaro-specific colors: Summit White, Bright Yellow, and Red Hot. The investment also includes installation of two robotic framers, which allow better dimensional control to provide a more precise drive experience.
The new Camaro was introduced nearly two weeks ago at an event in Detroit. The new version is more of an evolution of the previous model although it shares the same chassis as the Cadillac ATS.
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The shared chassis is the primary driver for moving the Camaro to the Lansing Grand River plant from the Oshawa, Ontario, facility. The plant also produces the Cadillac CTS.
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GM’s announced on Tuesday it was investing $1.2 billion in its full-size truck plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The investment will improve the plant’s painting, sequencing and assembly operations.
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Last week, GM announced it was plowing $439 million into its Bowling Green, Kentucky plant, which makes the Corvette. Prior to that, it said it was investing $1 billion to upgrade its technical center in Warren, Michigan, a Detroit suburb.