GM investing $119 million at Grand Rapids plant, adding 300 jobs



General Motors is making a $119 million investment at its Grand Rapids Operations plant that will create about 300 new jobs, the Detroit automaker announced Monday.

The facility at 2100 Burlingame in Wyoming currently employs about 530 workers, including 400 hourly and 130 salaried. The 1.8 million-square-foot plant produces precision-machined components used in Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles.

The $119 million investment will go toward tools and equipment to support production of future vehicle components, the company said.

“This investment in the future recognizes the excellent workforce at Grand Rapids Operations,” GM North America Manufacturing Manager Scott Whybrew said in a statement. “It also demonstrates GM’s collaboration with our UAW partners to innovate and bring tangible benefits to our customers.”

Monday’s announcement is just the latest in a string of investments GM will reveal in the coming weeks, as it plans to put $5.4 billion into its U.S. facilities over the next three years. The company has identified about $3 billion of that so far.

Last week, GM announced it is hiring back 500 second-shift jobs at its Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant to help build the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, while also investing $175 million in its facility there for new equipment and new paint systems, including those for Camaro-specific colors: Summit White, Bright Yellow, and Red Hot.

That’s in addition to $520 million GM has pegged for the Lansing Delta Township plant, where it is preparing for new product and retaining 1,900 jobs.

Elsewhere in Michigan, GM plans to invest $124 million at the Pontiac Metal Center, and $139.5 million for a new body shop and stamping facility upgrades at Pre-Production Operations in Warren.

Also in Warren, the company is investing $1 billion at its technical center and adding about 2,600 jobs as part of upgrades and new construction at the 326-acre campus.

GM has also recently announced $439 million for its Corvette plant in Kentucky and $1.2 billion at its truck facility in Indiana.

“By working together, UAW members and GM are making a difference in communities across the United States,” UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada said in a statement. “These investments represent the power of our partnership and collective bargaining to create jobs and improve competitiveness, quality and our manufacturing base in this country.”




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