GM announces plan to add U.S. jobs, new electric vehicle

GM announces plan to add U.S. jobs, new electric vehicle

GM announces plan to add U.S. jobs, new electric vehicle

"We have to understand that about half of the components on the Blazer and all of the power-trains are built in the USA", she said. Trump called GM CEO Mary Barra on Sunday to urge her to reverse the decision to end production at the OH plant, which is in a crucial state for the 2020 presidential election.

In addition to the Chevrolet Bolt EV, the Orion Assembly plant now builds the Chevrolet Sonic and the Cruise AV test vehicles.

The automaker said in total it is investing $1.8 billion in its USA manufacturing operations this year, creating 700 new jobs and supporting 28,000 jobs across six states.

Orion Assembly now builds the Chevrolet Bolt EV, Chevrolet Sonic and the Cruise AV test vehicles.

The expansion of the Orion plant stacks on the plan GM announced previous year about investment and expansion plans at some of its other plants for a total of 2,700 job openings.

Trump's latest GM tweet on Monday said GM should: "Close a plant in China or Mexico, where you invested so heavily pre-Trump", and "Bring jobs home!"

The last Chevy Cruze rolled off the Lordstown assembly plant earlier this month with no vehicle to take its place.

"When we talk about jobs, investing in the USA workforce in the American worker, that's where General Motors, and I think the president, are very aligned", Barra said.

It will share the Bolt's underpinnings, rather than be based on GM's new BEV3 platform, which is expected to go into production with a Cadillac badge sometime after 2021.

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GM spokesman Dan Flores said the investment has been in the works for weeks.

"And that's what allows us to make the announcement today, investing in the future with an all-new electric vehicle". GM has invested more than $22 billion in its USA manufacturing operations since 2009.

About $300 million will be geared towards production of electric vehicles at the auto giant's Orion plant in MI, creating 400 jobs, the company said in a statement.

"There are a significant number of U.S.jobs that go to that product".

"We already had 500 of those employees moved to other locations". The state helped push him to victory in 2016, and Trump has focused on Lordstown, seldom mentioning the other USA factories that GM is slated to close.

The United Auto Workers won't be pacified easily. "And we've made it clear that we disagree with that", UAW Vice President Terry Dittes said.

Trump allies acknowledged that Trump may be limited by what he can accomplish for the Lordstown plant, but they said his vocal advocacy signaled to his supporters in the area that he is fighting on their behalf.

Barra has said that she sees no further layoffs or plant closures through the end of 2020.

Among other changes, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, requires that manufacturers produce a share of their vehicles in higher-wage factories in order to gain duty-free access to the region - a requirement aimed at favoring USA and Canadian facilities over those in Mexico.

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