Along with the details of the new labor agreement between General Motors and the United Auto Workers, it should be noted that The General plans on re-opening its assembly plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee in order to build a pair of all-new midsized models that were originally slated to be produced in Mexico.
Current GM vehicles built in Mexico that are sold in the U.S. include the Cadillac SRX and Escalade EXT, along with the Chevrolet Avalanche. So what could the vehicles destined for Spring Hill be? Well, here are some possible candidates.
According to Tennessee newspaper The Daily Herald, GM will invest $61 million for one of the vehicles while adding 600 jobs, while the other will cost $358 million in renovations to the plant and will spawn 1,100 jobs. For those that are bad at math, that means Spring Hill Assembly is expected to receive a total of $419 million, with 1,700 newly created positions.
There are also plans for GM to build an undisclosed small car and add another 500 jobs in a facility that’s yet to be determined. However, the plant in Shreveport, Louisiana is still expected to be mothballed as planned, and there are no plans to restart the plant in Janesville, Wisconsin. We wouldn’t be surprised if the Granite ends up joining the Chevy Sonic and Buick Verano in Orion Twp., Michigan though.
In addition, Wentzville, Missouri will see a $380 million investment, another shift and 1,850 new jobs to build an all-new midsized truck, which we’re hoping to be the all-new Chevy Colorado and possibly the next-generation GMC Canyon. The truck assembly plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana will build next generation full-sized trucks, which is worth a cool $230 million and 150 jobs created or retained.
Plants in Michigan will see another $925 million and 900 jobs from the deal. These funds will be divided among Warren Powertrain ($325 million, 360 jobs), Romulus Engine ($385 million, 285 jobs), and Saginaw Metal Casting ($215 million, 255 jobs).
Source: The Detroit Free Press