GM Orion Assembly Plant Receives $245 Million for Mystery Vehicle Program

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The General Motors assembly plant located in Orion Township, Michigan is currently producing the Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano. In the near future, GM Orion Assembly will be the place that will manufacture the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV.
Back in 2014, General Motors announced that it’s pouring $160 million into Orion Assembly for Chevrolet Bolt tooling and manufacturing equipment, with and additional $40 million for Pontiac for new dies. So what’s the deal with the automaker’s latest investment of $245 million exclusive to GM Orion?

“Orion Assembly is a breeding ground for manufacturing innovation. It serves as a model for how to engage the entire workforce at all levels to achieve success. The plant is up to the challenge of building this brand-new product, something it’s never seen before.” declared Cathy Clegg, GM North America vice president of manufacturing and labor relations. In plain English, it’s a secret at this point in time.

The model that will be built here will be unlike any other in the assembly plant’s 32-year history. It’s a serious deal if you take into consideration that the investment will add 300 new jobs to GM Orion Assembly. So, will be it be a Cadillac-branded take on the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle? We’re not sure on that.

Whatever the future holds, we sure hope the investment will materialize into a crackin’ automobile with eco-friendly street cred. On a side note, this investment comes a week after GM cut production at Orion by 20 percent, laying off 100 workers amid slow sales for the Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano.

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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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