General Motors is continuing to parse out the $5.4 billion it has set aside for domestic manufacturing. Today’s announcement sees $245 million to be funneled into the Orion assembly facility, which currently manufactures the Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano.
GM also stated the money would be put to use for a new vehicle program “unlike anything in the plant’s 32-year history.” And they aren’t talking about the upcoming Chevrolet Bolt EV either, which has already net the Orion assembly $160 million previously to build the pure electric vehicle.
The investment will create 300 new jobs for the unspecified vehicle program, following the announcement of 100 layoffs from the same facility.
“Orion Assembly is a breeding ground for manufacturing innovation,” said Cathy Clegg, GM North America vice president of Manufacturing and Labor Relations. “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.”
We’re not sure what exactly this new vehicle program may be, but we hope for more information soon enough.
To date, GM has allocated $3.1 billion of the $5.4 billion the company earmarked for investment in the United States.