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GM plans to create or retain 900 jobs in Michigan

General Motors-Chrysler, 2008: Amid the global economic catastrophe known as the Great Recession, GM and Chrysler planned to combine, but talks ended after GM disclosed a staggering $4.2 billion quarterly loss in October of that year.
General Motors-Chrysler, 2008: Amid the global economic catastrophe known as the Great Recession, GM and Chrysler planned to combine, but talks ended after GM disclosed a staggering $4.2 billion quarterly loss in October of that year.

DETROIT – About 900 Michigan jobs will be added or retained over the next 12 months, General Motors announced Wednesday.

About 220 jobs will be added at GM's Romulus Powertrain Plant to increase production of the 10-speed automatic transmission, used in vehicles such as the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

GM will retain about 150 jobs at the Flint Assembly Plant by redeploying employees from the Lansing Delta Township Plant to help produce Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD pickup trucks. About 500 jobs will also be retained at Lansing Delta Township to help build the new Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave in the first quarter of 2018.

“The job commitments announced today demonstrate the confidence we have in our products, our people and an overall positive outlook for the auto industry and the U.S. economy,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra.

It was previously announced Lansing Delta Township would be decreasing production from three vehicles to two vehicles this spring, and the plant would not have a third shift during the transition. The employees will be brought back to meet market demand when the new crossovers are fully launched in 2018, GM said.

GM’s plans for Michigan are in addition to 7,000 jobs and $1 billion in U.S. investments the company announced earlier this year.

GM also announced plans to promote the development of engineering and technical skills, including:

  • FIRST Robotics: FIRST Robotics inspires and recognizes science and technology education.
  • Take 2: An internship program for professionals with technical backgrounds who took a career break of two or more years and are interested in returning to the workforce.
  • Girls Who Code: A partnership to inspire and empower thousands of U.S. middle and high school girls to become future leaders in technology and engineering fields.
  • SAE International's A World in Motion (AWIM): A teacher-administered, industry volunteer-assisted program that brings STEM education to life in K-12 classrooms.
  • Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP): Program to encourage and prepare students across southeast Michigan for the technical jobs of the future.
  • TechForce: Partnership with Arizona Science Center and Phoenix public schools designed to provide middle and high school students with hands-on experiences that encourage both STEM and career and technical education.
  • Student Corps: An internship program in underserved Michigan communities partnering high school students with GM retirees and college students on service work, job training and life skills development.

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