GM Announces 900 New or Retained Jobs, Brace for Trump Tweet
Today General Motors announced plans to add or retain approximately 900 jobs across three Michigan facilities over the next 12 months—which, if history is any indication, means that Donald Trump will soon be taking credit for “creating American jobs.”
The 900 jobs are in addition to the 7,000 jobs and $1 billion in US investments that the automaker announced earlier this year…which President Trump, of course, immediately took credit for via Twitter.
In its announcement today, GM also outlined a series of developmental programs the company is supporting to cultivate the skills required for future job growth in Michigan and the rest of America.
Working closely with the UAW, GM has decided to add 220 new jobs at the Romulus Powertrain Plant to increase production of the 10-speed automatic transmission that will be used in the 2017 Camaro ZL1 and other vehicles; 180 retained jobs at the Flint Assembly Plant from redeploying team members from Lansing Delta Township to support production of the Chevy Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD pickups; and 500 retained jobs at the Lansing Delta Township to support production of the all-new Chevy Traverse and Buick Enclave in the first quarter of 2018.
“The job commitments announced today demonstrate the confidence we have in our products, our people and an overall positive outlook for the auto industry and the US economy,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra.
This spring, the Lansing Delta Township Plant is changing up production plans as it transitions from manufacturing three models—the Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave, and GMC Acadia—to producing just the Traverse and Enclave, with the all-new GMC Acadia now being built in Spring Hill, Tennessee. The plant will cease to operate a third shift during this transition, but once the plant has fully launched the new crossovers in early 2018, GM will bring back approximately 500 jobs.
GM, along with the UAW, has announced investment commitments in Michigan of nearly $10 billion since 2009—the start, you may remember, of the Obama administration. But that probably won’t stop our current president from tweeting in praise of himself every time that the automaker announces more jobs.
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