The feelings of General Motors employees are dichotomous. On the one hand, workers at five North American factories are nervous about their future job prospects as the automaker phases out sedans and other low-profit models. On the other, the workers at factories like GM’s Spring Hill, Tennessee factory are joyous about their employment with the automaker. In 2017, after GM laid off Spring Hill’s third shift, GM selected the plant to build a new Cadillac crossover—the XT6. The factory currently produces the Cadillac XT5 and GMC Acadia for the U.S. The addition of the 2020 Cadillac XT6 further fortifies the plant’s future in the community.
“This is exactly what we fought for through the years,” United Auto Workers Local 1853 Chairman Mike Herron told The Daily Herald. “The workforce that we have in this area is outstanding, and they have earned this product with their hard work.”
The 2020 Cadillac XT6 was unveiled ahead of the North American International Auto Show, and employees at Spring Hill are already building prototypes with full production starting this spring. Producing the new Cadillac XT6 crossover at the Spring Hill factory will create more than 200 jobs. These jobs will be open to employees from other plants, like the five GM is proposing to close when it negotiates with the UAW later this year. More than 5,000 people work at the plant, which includes employees from on-site suppliers.
To note, outgoing Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and newly elected Tennessee Governor Bill Lee joined GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, and Cadillac President Steve Carlisle in the reveal ceremony that happened in Detroit. The political gesture happened as GM receives continued pressure from lawmakers out of Michigan, Ohio, Maryland, Washington DC, and Canada.
The Spring Hill factory is now GM’s largest faculty in North American, spanning more than 7.1 million square feet. Since 2010, GM has invested $2 billion into the facility. In May of last year, the automaker announced the factory would produce two new engines. Then in September, GM reinstated the plant’s third shift.
“We are well positioned for the future with a plant that has 100 millions of dollars in investment and a state of the art facility,” Herron added.