General Motors said yesterday it will invest an additional $1 billion in U.S. operations with 1500 new and more than 5000 retained manufacturing jobs resulting. Details of individual projects will be announced throughout the year. These investments follow $2.9 billion announced in 2016 and more than $21 billion GM has invested in its U.S. operations since 2009 after GM’s bankruptcy the U.S. government bailout. The new investments cover multiple new vehicle, advanced technology and component projects.
GM also said it will begin work on in-sourcing axle production for its next generation full-size pickup trucks, including work previously done in Mexico, to operations in Michigan, creating 450 U.S. manufacturing jobs.
“As the U.S. manufacturing base increases its competitiveness, we can further increase our investment, resulting in more jobs for America and better results for our owners,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “The U.S. is our home market and we are committed to growth that is good for our employees, dealers, and suppliers and supports our continued effort to drive shareholder value.”
GM claimed the announcement is part of the company’s increased focus on overall efficiency over the last four years. With a strategy to streamline and simplify its operations, GM said it has created 25,000 jobs in the U.S. − approximately 19,000 engineering, IT and professional jobs and 6000 hourly manufacturing jobs – and added nearly $3 billion in annual wages and benefits to the U.S. economy over that period. At the same time, GM reduced more than 15,000 positions outside the U.S., bringing most of those jobs to America. During that period, the company moved from 90% of its IT work being outsourced to an in-sourced U.S.-based model.
“We will continue our commitment to driving a more efficient business,” said Barra, “as shown by our in-sourcing of more than 6000 IT jobs that were formerly outside the U.S., streamlining our engineering operations from seven to three, with the core engineering center being in Warren, Michigan, and building on our momentum at GM Financial and in advanced technologies.”
These moves, and others, are expected to result in more than 5,000 new jobs in the U.S. over the next few years.”
GM has also been asking its supplier base to do the same. The company has been executing a strategy to create supplier parks adjacent to its U.S. manufacturing sites (already accomplished at GM’s Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas, Spring Hill Assembly Plant in Tennessee, Fort Wayne Assembly Plant in Indiana, and Lordstown Assembly Plant in Ohio), and will continue to expand this effort. Supplier parks near plants result in significant savings from reduced transportation costs, higher quality communications and continuous improvement activities as suppliers are located closer to the final assembly location.
In addition, GM is confirming that another supplier has committed to make components for GM’s next-generation full size pick-up trucks in Michigan, moving 100 supplier jobs from Mexico to the U.S.