The timing couldn’t have been better for General Motors. As President Donald Trump, a staunch critic of outsourcing, visited the American Center for Mobility, GM coincidentally announced it would be creating an additional 220 jobs and would retain another 680 positions across Michigan.
GM stated it had discovered the opportunity to retain and create the jobs after working closely with the UAW. The jobs created and retained include:
- Approximately 220 new jobs and the Romulus Powertrain Plant to increase production of the 10-speed automatic transmission to be used in multiple GM products, including the current 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
- Approximately 180 retained jobs at the Flint Assembly Plant by redeploying team members from Lansing Delta Township to support production of the Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD pickup trucks.
- Approximately 500 retained jobs at the Lansing Delta Township plant to support production of the all-new Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave in the first quarter of 2018.
GM Chairman and CEO, Mary Barra, stated the announcement reiterates the confidence the automaker has in the U.S. automotive sector and expects a positive outlook for the economy.
The automaker also outlined its ongoing initiatives to prepare the next-generation of workers for future jobs in Michigan. Those programs range from Girls Who Code, Take 2 and FIRST Robotics.
The 900 retained and new positions are in addition to GM’s announcement of 7,000 new jobs over the next few years and $1 billion in U.S. investment.