Greg Middleton, a GM employee for 28 years, assembles a 2015 Buick Enclave on April 30, 2015 at the GM Lansing Delta Township Assembly plant. (Photo11: Jeffrey Sauger for General Motors)
General Motors said Monday it will invest $ 36 million in its Lansing Delta Township plant for future crossover production.
19659005] "We are proud of the hard work and commitment of the entire Lansing team and the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave are important products in our growing crossover portfolio," GM CEO Mary Barra said in a media statement. "This investment will allow us to prepare the plant for future crossover production."
The investment comes as GM is idling five of its other products. Factories in North America this year, affecting 6,200 jobs, as part of a restructuring plan that included eliminating a total of 8,000 white-collar jobs, through buyouts, contractor cuts and involuntary layoffs.
Lansing Delta Township is GM's newest plant. It opened in May 2006. It runs two production shifts and employs 2,600 people, GM said. GM said Lansing Delta Township is the first U.S. manufacturing facility to be a Gold Certified Leader in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
Since 2009, GM has invested more than $ 600 million into the plant. In 2015, GM said it would invest $ 5.4 billion in US Plant improvements during the next three years.
The plant is unique because GM's manufacturing engineers developed the "Ergo Chair" for use there. General Motors assembly team member LeAnn Franke uses the
GM said it plans to idle its factories in Detroit-Hamtramck; Lordstown, Ohio; and Oshawa, Ontario by the end of 2019. More than 6,200 hourly jobs are in jeopardy, including 645 jobs at a transmission plant in Warren and one in Maryland.
GM and Barra have a strong criticism from President Donald Trump and politicians in Ohio and Michigan as well as unions in the United States and Canada. One sore point was GM's decision to build the new Chevrolet Blazer SUV in Mexico
But GM said the cuts are necessary to position the business for market changes. The plants being idled make sedans, which are favored by consumers, including the Chevrolet Volt, Cruze and Impala, the Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac XTS.
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