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GM Grand Rapids Operations Receives $119 Million Investment

Located in Wyoming, Michigan, the GM Grand Rapids Operations center is one of the oldest auto facilities in the United Stats that’s still in the game. Work started back in 1943, but Grand Rapids Operations currently stretches over 1.8 million square feet on 95 acres of land, with more facility size to be added in the future.
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General Motors announced today that $119 million will be poured into the components plant, creating roughly 300 new jobs in the process. The $119 million are to be spent on state-of-the-art tooling and equipment to support “production of future vehicle components.”

The manufacturing plant currently employs 500 hard-working men and women on three shifts. The facility produces precision-machined automotive engine components used in Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles, such as: metal stampings, lash adjusters, continuously variable cam phasers, roller hydraulic valve lifters and cylinder deactivation lifters.

Though details about the program timing and vehicle applications will be released later, we have a sneaking suspicion the 2016 model year vehicles are the main culprits for the plant’s upgrades. General Motors is thoroughly excited about the action: “This investment in the future recognizes the excellent workforce at Grand Rapids Operations” said General Motors North America manufacturing manager Scott Whybrew.

According to the company, the $119 million investment announced today is part of the $5.4 billion investment in US facilities announced on April 30th. Approximately $3 billion have been identified to date. “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,” declared UAW vice prez Cindy Estrada.

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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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