While things seem a tad bleak at current surrounding the status of the General Motors Orion assembly plant, General Motors CEO, Mary Barra, stated the automaker remains committed to the facility.
Orion opened its doors in the 1980s, and nearly closed its doors for good at the height of the global recession. Through a combination of labor contracts, union concessions and federal aid, Orion kept its lights on.
The Oakland Press reports Barra assured the automaker’s commitment during a recent shareholder meeting, stating, “Orion is part of our manufacturing footprint.”
The report goes on to name electric vehicles as a major motivator for keeping Orion on the map, despite dismal small car sales at current. The Orion assembly is responsible for the Chevrolet Sonic, Verano (which will be killed off in October) among others.