GM Invests $119M in Michigan Components Plant

DETROIT (Detroit Free Press/TNS) -

General Motors will invest $119 million to upgrade its Wyoming, Mich., parts plant as part of its broader $5.4 billion capital-spending campaign at 40 plants in the U.S.

About 500 workers at the plant, approximately 140 miles northwest of Detroit and near Grand Rapids, are producing a variety of precision-machined engine components used in Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac models.

“This investment in the future recognizes the excellent workforce at Grand Rapids operations,” said Scott Whybrew, GM North America manufacturing manager. “It also demonstrates GM’s collaboration with our UAW partners to innovate and bring tangible benefits to our customers.”

As with the investments at other plants, GM will spend the money at the site to purchase new and more productive tooling and equipment for use in making engine components for future vehicles.

“By working together, UAW members and GM are making a difference in communities across the United States,” said Cindy Estrada, UAW vice president for GM. “These investments represent the power of our partnership and collective bargaining to create jobs and improve competitiveness, quality and our manufacturing base in this country.”

GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler will negotiate new national labor agreements with the union later this year. The current contracts, negotiated in 2011, expire on Sept. 15 of this year.