Lansing, MI is once again a beneficiary of the ongoing series of investment announcements by General Motors.
GM announced a $175 million investment for new tooling and equipment to produce the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro at the Lansing Grand River Plant.
This follows an announcement less than a month ago of a $520 million investment at its Lansing Delta Township assembly plant that will help retain 1,900 jobs.
All told, GM already has some 3,500 at the Lansing Delta Township assembly plant, another 1,500 at the Lansing Grand River Plant, and 300 at the Lansing stamping facility. This has a considerable economic impact on the Lansing regional economy, including $394.8 million in wages and $75.3 million in payroll taxes.
The good news for Lansing economic development this time is that this latest $175 million investment announcement at the LGR plant also includes 500 jobs that are coming back to Lansing. GM plans to resume a second shift which had been cut earlier to facilitate reduction in production of Cadillac models.
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero said in a release announcing GM’s investment and the 500 jobs that “I may be the luckiest mayor in America today.”
Mayor Bernero added that gearing up for full-scale production of the legendary Chevy Camaro is a new high point in the more than two decades of extraordinary partnership between the City, GM and the UAW.
It is indeed noteworthy because the Camaro, America’s best-selling performance car in the last five years, hasn’t been made in the U.S. since the 1990s. GM announced in 2012 that it was moving assembly of the next-generation Chevrolet Camaro from the Oshawa Assembly plant in Ontario, Canada to the LGR plant in Lansing.
Last month, GM said it was cutting 1,000 jobs at the Oshawa Assembly plant. At the same time, GM kicked its $5.4 billion investment plan for its U.S. plants. The investment announcements made by GM in less than a month are as follows:
- $783.5 million investment at Michigan facilities in Warren, Pontiac and Lansing;
- $1 billion investment plan for the Warren Technical Center in Warren, MI;
- $439 million investment at the Bowling Green Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, KY; and
- $1.1 billion investment for full-size pickup trucks at the Fort Wayne Assembly plant in Fort Wayne, IN
This latest $175 million investment in the LGR plant in Lansing includes facility improvements such as robotic framers, and Camaro-specific upgrades such as new paint systems.
These announcements over the last four weeks account for nearly $2.8 billion in investments at GM operations in Michigan, Kentucky and Indiana.
The LGR plant, which opened in 2001, is one of GM’s newest plants in North America, and is home to the Cadillac CTS, the all-new Cadillac ATS, and now the Chevy Camaro.
GM North American Manufacturing Manager Scott Whybrew said in the release that with this investment in tooling and equipment, they will continue to do their part to build on the high-quality reputation of this iconic car.