GM invests $300 million in Orion Assembly Plant, adds 400 jobs

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- Less than a week after a series of critical tweets from President Donald Trump over an OH plant closure, General Motors is announcing plans to add 400 jobs and build a new electric vehicle at a MI factory.

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.

Chairman and CEO Mary Barra discusses the addition of 400 new jobs at the plant in Orion, Michigan.

The $300 million is part of a wider investment plan for GM. "The company has been making shifts because it sees the growth in segments such as trucks, crossovers, and increasingly in electric vehicles", said Barra. Including the new investment, GM has invested almost $1 billion at Orion Assembly since 2009. 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.

Barra, during a conversation with reporters at the Orion plant on Friday showed no sign that she might reverse the cutbacks announced last November, stressing that "We believe in a strong manufacturing base" where plants are fully utilized.

Barra continued to defend GM's USA investments during the meeting and UAW reminded her that they would continue to hold them accountable at the Orion factory.

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

In addition moving production to a US manufacturing plant supports the rules of origin provisions in the proposed United States, Mexico and Canada Agreement, GM added. "We'll have other opportunities, including some in OH", she said.

When we look at the architecture that this vehicle is coming off of, and there have been significant enhancements, but it makes sense because the Chevrolet Bolt EV is built at Orion and this is a great workforce. He said GM could have kept the workers in the factory if the union lowered its dues.

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!" "And I want to make sure that GM knows that their investment here in MI is encouraged and welcomed and appreciated".

The plan is to save the company $2.5 billion.

"We want to create jobs, good paying jobs", Barra said, saying her talks with Trump had a "business focus".

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