General Motors will not invest in its Michigan facility anymore, shifting the money towards the Orion assembly plant in Kansas instead.
General Motors announced last year in June a 245-million-dollar investment in its Orion, Michigan, plant, planning at that time to add to the production line a new model by 2018. Even if the automaker did not disclose what car it intended to build, sources said that the vehicle in question was a small crossover with a Cadillac badge on its back. However, GM apparently decided not to follow that plan and to redirect the investment to its Fairfax Assembly plant in Kansas, The Detroit Free Press reported. “This decision was part of our ongoing product allocation process to build vehicles as cost-effectively as possible to benefit our customers and the business,” GM spokeswoman Dayna Hart said. “The 245-million-dollar investment will go to Fairfax for the new vehicle program.” Workers found about the band news in the beginning of the year. “They told us two or three months ago,” Luis Rocha, president of the local UAW, revealed.
The Orion plant currently builds the Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano subcompacts, but the latter will be phased out beginning this fall, according to Rocha. However, Orion is preparing for the production of the affordable electric Bold. Because of law demand for small cars, GM eliminated one shift at the facility earlier this year. “Our one shift is staying pretty busy with all the preparation for the Bolt,” Rocha added. “We’re working two Saturdays on and two Saturdays off right now. We’re staying optimistic that something else will be coming our way sometime soon.”