General Motors has announced an investment of $300 million for its assembly plant in Orion Township, Michigan. The investment is for the production of a new Chevrolet electric vehicle as part of a total $1.8BN push.
Originally the new electric Chevrolet was planned for production outside of the U.S, but GM changed plans to make use of existing facilities at Orion Township using Bolt EV architecture. The move should support the provisions in the proposed United States, Mexico and Canada Agreement.
The product information and timing of the new Chevrolet will be released closer to production. “This new Chevrolet electric vehicle is another positive step toward our commitment to an all-electric future,” said General Motors Chairperson and CEO, Mary Barra. She expressed her enthusiasm for the creation of 400 new jobs at the Orion Township plant, which would mark an increase of more than a third of their current employee numbers.
Also announced was a total investment of $1.8 billion across its U.S. manufacturing operations, which General Motors says will add 700 new jobs and support a further 28,000 jobs across six states. These investments involve facilities in Spring Hill, Tennessee; Lansing Delta Township, Michigan; and Romulus, Michigan.
The news comes after restructuring plans last November left many GM workers unsure of their jobs. A total of 2,800 hourly employees have been impacted by GM’s restructuring plans but GM claims it has now created 2,700 openings across its U.S. manufacturing plants. It appears that the move to electric mobility has initiated a lot of movement with 1,100 employees having been moved to other GM plants, while several hundred more being placed in new jobs. Besides, 1,200 employees are eligible for retirement.
GM boss Barra during an announcement at the Orion Township plant with employees, elected officials and community leaders said that “GM will continue to invest in our U.S. operations where we see opportunities for growth.”
Michigan, USA, has had its fair share of investment in electric mobility recently, with General Motors competitor Ford announcing a $900 million investment in electric cars in Michigan just days ago.