OKEMOS, Mich.– General Motors plans to invest $245 million into its Orion Township, Michigan, assembly plant and will have 300 workers hired to build the Chevy Bolt there.
Rather than creating jobs elsewhere, GM and Chevrolet are sticking to their Michigan roots and investing in a community located in the state that birthed the automotive industry.
“Orion Assembly is a breeding ground for manufacturing innovation,” said Cathy Clegg, vice president of GM North America manufacturing and labor relations, in a statement. “It serves as a model to engage the entire workforce at all levels to achieve success.”
As of now 1,580 hourly and 180 salaried workers assemble the Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano at the Orion Township plant, but consumer interest for compact cars has waned due to their affinity for larger vehicles.
Loss of interest in compact sedans has resulted in GM cutting down production and being forced to lay off 100 workers at Orion throughout the remainder of 2015, which is why bringing Chevy Bolt manufacturing to this plant will be such a boon to the local community. The Bolt goes on sale in 2017, so GM will have 300 workers hired to build the Chevy Bolt sometime by then, after proper manufacturing equipment is installed with the $245 million investment.
The Bolt is touted for its expected range of 200 miles on one full charge and will be priced at around $30,000. Thanks to GM’s first all-electric vehicle, soon Orion Township will recover lost jobs and tack on 200 more.
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