GM plans to make an investment of$44.5 million to open a new logistics center at the Lansing Grand River facility, creating 200 new jobs.
The new 400, 000-square-foot logistics center will be used for parts sequencing purposes, such as storing the parts which are to be used on the assembly line. GM said that the purpose of the center is to reduce costs and transportation time between facilities. The new logistics center is to be built by September 2014. The Lansing Grand River facility manufactures the Cadillac CTS lineup and the Cadillac ATS luxury small car. For the ATS GM invested $190 million and added 600 jobs and a second shift, and for the CTS the company invested $88 million.
“This project is the latest example of how we’re doing business differently in GM today,” said Christine Sitek, GM North America manufacturing manager, in a statement. “We’ve developed an innovative material strategy that increases efficiency and improves quality to benefit our customers, employees and the bottom line.”
Production of the Chevrolet Camaro sportscar will be moved from a Canadian plant to Lansing, and Tony Francavilla, regional plant manager for the Grand River and Lansing Delta Township assembly plants, said that this is possible thanks to the plant’s flexibility and quality.