GM Expands in US Creating Thousands of New Jobs
GM announced recently that it has some exciting things in the works. The automaker revealed that it would add back a second shift and 500 workers in late summer, and invest $175 million at its Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant for production of the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro at the beginning of this fall.
GM employs about 1,300 hourly and salaried workers on one shift, cut its second shift earlier this year amid slow demand where nearly 450 hourly workers were laid off. There have been talks of new hires, but the employment opportunity is dependent on how many workers will return to the plant, as well as the demands for the product.
It All Started With the Chevrolet Camaro
The Camaro was last built in the United States in 1992 and has never been built in Michigan. Some sharp features of the new Camaro includes new tooling and equipment, upgrading the facility for three new paint systems for specific Camaro colors and installing robot framing technology. It’s also part of GM’s $5.4 billion it plans to invest in U.S. plants over the next three years, creating 650 new job. Since announcing it’s goal for investment, the automaker estimates $2.8 billion in investments, retaining thousands of jobs including 500 at Lansing Grand River.
Along with the expansion for production, GM is also planning an expansion to build a $174 million stamping plant that is expected to open in 2016, which will add 100 to 300 new jobs. Earlier this year, a $44.5 million logistics center was opened that created 200 jobs. Lansing is not the only GM plant to see expansions for job opportunities. Fort Wayne (IN), Bowling Green (KY), Fairfax (KS), and Arlington (TX) are all looking at million and billion dollar investments to expand their local GM plants for things such as new equipment and technology for the next-generation 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, a new press, future vehicles, a new body shop and stamping plant improvements. These investments can not only create improved cars, but also provides hundreds to thousands of potential new jobs.