General Motors Co. will add 2, 500 jobs at a Detroit-area factory that now makes electric cars, investing $69 million so the plant can make two new Chevrolet sedans.
“GM intends to say today that the full-sized sedan will join the Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric and the upcoming Chevrolet Malibu at the factory, adding or preserving up to 2,500 jobs, two people familiar with the plan said.”
Not all the jobs will be new hires. GM has about 1,300 laid-off workers waiting to be recalled in the U.S.
GM announced on May 10 that it would create or keep about 4,000 jobs by investing $2 billion in 17 factories in eight states.
“Filling this plant with new work is very satisfying because GM is dedicated to helping rebuild this city,” said GM North America President Mark Reuss at the plant Wednesday. “We are confident in the flexibility of the plant, the excellence of our workers and the great cars assembled here.”
Impala production is expected to begin in 2013. Chevy is hoping to cap off a two-year overhaul of its car lineup by unveiling a snazzier and likely more fuel-efficient Impala than the current version, which counts on sales to businesses and rental-car companies for 70% of its volume.
GM says it also intends to continue building the Impala at its busy Oshawa, Ontario, plant. However, the Oshawa facility is working at full force to build popular GM products like the Chevrolet Equinox and Chevrolet Camaro.