The old GM Warren Transmission plant in Michigan has been sold to a development company and will soon be demolished, according to a report from The Detroit Free Press.
The automaker sold the property to a Kansas City, Missouri-based company called Northpoint Development in December, which intends to tear down the old transmission plant to make way for a new two-million square-foot facility that will be occupied by a yet-to-be-announced national or international firm. GM ceased using the facility for transmission production back in 2019.
Warren Mayor Jim Fouts told the Free Press he wasn’t prepared to reveal the company that will occupy the new building but said the project could cost up to $152 million and bring 600 new jobs to the Warren region.
“I am not sure what it’s going to be, but it will be a good investment in the city,” Fouts said.
The GM Warren Transmission plant was originally developed in 1942 by the United States Navy and Hudson Motor Car Company to be used as a Naval ordinance plant. It was later sold to Ford in 1946, which used the building to produce axles and ball joints before the company sold it to GM in 1958. Prior to its closure, the Warren Transmission plant produced 6T70 and 6T75 six-speed automatic transmissions for a variety of General Motors passenger vehicles, including the Cadillac XTS and Chevy Impala. The automaker later used the empty floor space at the facility to produce facemasks, face shields, medical gowns and other PPE at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
Warren Transmission employed 232 hourly workers and another 30 salaried workers for a total of 262, according to GM’s profile page for the now-shuttered facility. Employees there were represented by UAW Local 909.