GM to start building Lansing stamping facility

GM: Construction will create or retain about 145 jobs

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Cars leave General Motors Corp. Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant

LANSING, Mich. - General Motors will start construction of a $174-million stamping facility that will create or retain about 145 jobs, the company said Wednesday.

The new facility, part of the company's Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant, will produce stamping components for the Cadillac ATS and Cadillac CTS family of vehicles and a future product.

"Lansing Grand River Assembly is known for the high quality of its work and the flexible manufacturing that has been a trademark since it opened," said GM North America Manufacturing manager Christine Sitek. "Today's announcement demonstrates GM's commitment to strengthening key plant capabilities related to quality and efficiency."

The new facility, which comes on line in 2016, will save about $14 million a year in logistics costs tied to material handling.

Built in 2001, Lansing Grand River is GM's second-newest U.S. assembly plant and the manufacturing home of the Cadillac ATS, CTS and the CTS V-series performance versions. Earlier this year, Motor Trend magazine recognized the all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan with its Car of the Year award.

"This major investment is a vote of confidence in the hard-working membership of UAW Local 652," said UAW vice president Cindy Estrada, who directs the union's General Motors Department. "We're proud of the role we played in helping rebuild Michigan's economy through collective bargaining and negotiations for investment and jobs in our UAW-represented plants."

Including Wednesday's announcement, GM has announced Lansing facility investments of more than $530 million since 2009.

• $190 million for the addition of the Cadillac ATS and 600 jobs
• $37 million at Lansing Delta Township Assembly plant for tooling and equipment to enhance the plant's manufacturing capabilities

• $88 million for the all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan

• Announced Lansing Grand River would produce the next-generation Camaro

• $44.5 million and 200 jobs for a new logistics optimization center at LGR
Since 2009, GM has announced nearly $11 billion of investment in U.S. facilities, including $777 million so far this year.

"Once again, our hometown car company is hitting it out of the park with a massive new investment at Lansing Grand River," said Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero. "I'm deeply grateful to General Motors for making the Lansing region a centerpiece of its global manufacturing strategy. Its confidence in our world-class UAW workforce and strong partnership with local government will continue to deliver jobs and prosperity in Lansing for decades to come."

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