General Motors senior vice president of global product development, purchasing and supply chain, Mark Reuss, had some kind words at the Lansing Regional Chamber Economic Club luncheon this past Tuesday.
Reuss praised the Lansing area assembly plants, responsible for a number of hot-selling GM product like the Enclave, Traverse, Camaro and currently the Acadia, and stated the plants were laying the groundwork for GM’s future.
“GM and Lansing have a long history,” said Reuss. “Our relationship is strong and is getting even stronger.”
He went on to say profits from the vehicles built in Lansing will be put towards further investment in autonomous vehicle technology and other future engineering developments, according to The Lansing State Journal.
GM’s current foray into autonomous vehicle technology includes a fleet of Chevrolet Volts undergoing testing with driverless tech, and the automaker most recently invested $500 million into Lyft for a future, nation-wide fleet of autonomous vehicles.
Reuss also assured the guests GM would fill the void left by the 2017 GMC Acadia, which will move to the Spring Hill, Tennessee assembly.
“We will fill Lansing, don’t worry about that,” he said.
Over the past few years, GM has invested over $580 million into the Lansing area plants, and recently made the area the home of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro.