GM to invest $300 million into Orion Plant

Daniel Fowler
March 22, 2019

General Motors announced Friday it will invest $300 million in its Orion Township assembly plant that will produce a new Chevrolet electric vehicle.

The company says it will spend $300 million at its Orion Assembly Plant to manufacture a Chevrolet vehicle based on the battery-powered Bolt.

General Motors CEO Mary Barra on the automaker's plans to build an electric vehicle plant at a plant in Orion, Michigan, President Trump's criticisms of the company's decision to close a plant in Lordstown, Ohio and the company's commitment to jobs in America.

General Motors announced on Friday that it will build a second electric auto for Chevrolet, alongside the Chevy Bolt EV.

According to the automaker, GM officials will be joined by the UAW to announce a major new investment focused on the development of GM future technologies.

The company said the moves are necessary to stay financially healthy as GM faces large capital expenditures to shift to electric and autonomous vehicles. The company has promised to introduce 20 new all-electric vehicles globally by 2023. "This new Chevrolet electric vehicle is another positive step toward our commitment to an all-electric future", she said during the announcement Friday.

More than 880 hourly people work at the plant.

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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 largest US automaker is expected to announce it plans to build a new electric compact vehicle for Chevy, said the people, who asked not to be identified.

"We already had 500 of those employees moved to other locations".

The $300 million is part of a wider investment plan for GM. About 3,300 workers in the US would lose their jobs, as well as 2,600 in Canada. "The UAW will help", said the President during a campaign stop in Lima, Ohio Wednesday. "GM is committed to supporting manufacturing, including in MI and OH".

Trump allies acknowledged that Trump may be limited by what he can accomplish for the Lordstown plant, but they said his vocal advocacy signaled to his supporters in the area that he is fighting on their behalf.

The automaker said in total it is investing $1.8 billion in its USA manufacturing operations this year, creating 700 new jobs and supporting 28,000 jobs across six states.

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