GM Invests $300 Million, Adds 400 Jobs to the Orion Assembly Plant
GM's investment will go towards producing a new Chevrolet EV at the manufacturing plant
General Motors’ decision to unallocate several of its American and Canadian plants last year was nothing if not controversial. Still, GM has stated that it remains committed to U.S. manufacturing, and its latest announcement supports this claim.
GM is investing $300 million and adding 400 new jobs to its Orion Assembly location.
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This investment will help facilitate production of a new Chevrolet electric vehicle at the Orion plant. GM already builds the Chevrolet Bolt EV at the Orion location, alongside the Chevrolet Sonic.
“We are excited to bring these jobs and this investment to the U.S.,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “This new Chevrolet electric vehicle is another positive step toward our commitment to an all-electric future. GM will continue to invest in our U.S. operations where we see opportunities for growth.”
Not much is known about this upcoming Chevy EV. GM has confirmed that it will utilize the same platform as the Bolt.
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This investment is part of a larger commitment to U.S. automotive manufacturing initiated by General Motors. The automaker will reportedly invest a total of $1.8 billion in its U.S. manufacturing operations, adding 700 new jobs along the way.
Furthermore, GM is committed to allocating funding for its remaining U.S. manufacturing locations. These include plants in Flint, Michigan; Spring Hill, Tennessee; Bowling Green, Kentucky; Arlington, Texas; and Toledo, Ohio.
GM is currently in the process of relocating employees from its unallocated plants. So far, 1,100 of these employees have been placed at the remaining domestic GM manufacturing plants.