GM announcing major investment at Orion Assembly plant

  • GM announcing major investment at Orion Assembly plant

GM announcing major investment at Orion Assembly plant

The Orion plant now builds the Bolt EV, and the new Chevrolet EV will be based off an advanced version of the same vehicle architecture.

As part of the new announcement GM said it will invest a $300 million investment in its Orion Township, Michigan, factory where the Bolt is built to add the new model. The new Chevrolet EV is in addition to the company's earlier announcement that Cadillac will be the first brand to get vehicles off a future EV platform.

Additional product information and timing for the new Chevrolet EV will be released closer to production.

General Motors Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra announces a major investment focused on the development of GM future technologies at the GM Orion Assembly Plant in Lake Orion, Michigan, U.S. March 22, 2019. "GM will continue to invest in our USA operations where we see opportunities for growth".

General Motors Co. committed to investing US$1.8 billion at plants in six states and to creating 700 new jobs, as the largest USA automaker looks to ward off months of criticism by President Donald Trump. About 3,300 workers in the USA would lose their jobs, as well as 2,600 in Canada.

Barra said after event that GM "supports" the proposed United States, Mexico and Canada Agreement "and we are making adjustments because we will comply" with new rules requiring additional North American content. "We have now placed over 1,000 employees from our unallocated plants to other GM locations, and we have opportunities available for virtually all impacted employees", GM's Flores said.

For the 2,800 impacted USA hourly employees at GM's unallocated plants, GM said it has 2,700 openings across its US manufacturing plants. In addition, 1,200 of these employees are retirement eligible, according to General Motors.

Responding to a request for comment, GM spokesman Dan Flores issued a statement to 21 News on Thursday regarding the plant which he characterized as "unallocated" instead of "closed".

The plant now makes the Chevrolet Bolt and is working on autonomous vehicles.

It now employs about 880 hourly and 130 salaried employees.

The investment in Orion township is expected to create 400 new jobs.

General Motors has promised to invest some $1.8 billion in its USA manufacturing efforts, and now know some of that money will go toward building a new electric vehicle.