General Motors CEO Mary Barra on the automaker's plans to build an electric vehicle plant at a plant in Orion, Michigan, President Trump's criticisms of the company's decision to close a plant in Lordstown, Ohio and the company's commitment to jobs in America.
The Orion plant now builds the Bolt EV, and the new Chevrolet EV will be based off an advanced version of the same vehicle architecture.
The moves come after last weekend's string of venomous tweets by President Donald Trump condemning GM for shutting its small-car factory in Lordstown, Ohio, east of Cleveland.
The Orion Township plant is slated to begin building a new generation of electric and self-driving vehicles, using GM's dedicated BEV3 architecture, but not until 2023, a third source said.
Last year, GM said it would end production at five North American assembly plants and eliminate about 15,000 jobs, prompting outrage and a two-day visit by Barra to Capitol Hill to answer questions about the job cuts.
Barra, speaking to reporters after an event at the plant in Orion Township, outside Detroit, with Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announcing the investment, said GM is focused on ensuring that all of the hourly workers at Lordstown find new jobs at other plants.
Enlarge Image The Lake Orion facility also builds the Cruise AV which is an autonomous development vehicle based on the Bolt EV. General Motors
The $300 million is part of a wider investment plan for GM.
In a statement, GM said, "We would consider any that are truly viable business opportunities".
"We still have 4,000 jobs and 4,000 employees in four additional OH plants", Barra told reporters.
For the 2,800 impacted USA hourly employees at GM's unallocated plants, GM said it has 2,700 openings across its US manufacturing plants. "We have now placed over 1,000 employees from our unallocated plants to other GM locations, and we have opportunities available for virtually all impacted employees", GM's Flores said. We'll continue to work with the stakeholders in the community because we want to do the right thing for the community. Terry Dittes, the vice-president who oversees the union's GM department, said he will still fight to save factories in Ohio, Michigan and Maryland that face uncertain futures due to a lack of future product to build. "And I want to make sure that GM knows that their investment here in MI is encouraged and welcomed and appreciated".
The company made headlines recently by shuttering its Lordstown, Ohio plant.
Speaking with Fox Business Network at the GM plant in Lake Orion, Michigan, Barra shrugged off the suggestion that the company is trying simply to satisfy Trump by building the new auto, the details of which have not been revealed, on USA soil.
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