Spring Hill Gets More GM Capital


 Ray Smith works on a-pillars for a Chevy Traverse at GM’s Spring Hill plant in 2011. The auto bailout saved his and millions of other auto related jobs.

General Motors will invest $788.7 million for an all-new, high-efficiency engine program, as well as projects to modernize the vehicle programs at its Spring Hill Manufacturing Plant, creating 792 and retaining 16 jobs. At the same time, GM announced a $118 million investment at its Bay City Powertrain facility, creating 29 and retaining 67 jobs.

Since 2010, GM has announced investments of more than $2 billion for the Spring Hill operations. This includes a $148-million investment announced in February to reprogram  flexible machining and assembly equipment to build V8 engines.

Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) then a freshman in 2008 played a key role in the GM and Chrysler bailout debates that it now turns out has saved an untold number of U.S. working-class jobs. Corker, in what now is an extinct Republican species, looked for compromise and concessions. His party rebuffed him.  

Spring Hill – the site of one of GM’s greatest corporate screw ups when it didn’t support the “Modern Operating Agreement” with the UAW and abandoning millions of happy Saturn customers who shunned Japanese small cars –  is the latest example of how highly automated manufacturing is no longer creating jobs for people.

“This investment will help GM and our workforce continue to put the customer at the center of everything we do, providing them with powertrain solutions to meet their changing needs,” said Arvin Jones, GM North America manufacturing manager. “Today’s announcement reinforces our absolute faith in this facility, and our strong commitment to this community and the state of Tennessee.”

Well, yes. But the real political debate this election year should be how the U.S. moves toward a “job creating economy.”

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One Response to Spring Hill Gets More GM Capital

  1. Autocrat says:

    General Motors announced in Mid-March that it will add or retain approximately 900 jobs across three Michigan facilities during the next 12 months. The 900 jobs are in addition to the 7,000 jobs and $1 billion in U.S. investments GM announced earlier this year.

    GM also outlined a series of programs the company is supporting to promote the overall development of skills required for future job growth in Michigan and the U.S. Because of working closely with the UAW to grow the business, GM has identified the following job opportunities:

    • Romulus Powertrain Plant: Approximately 220 new jobs to increase production of the 10-speed automatic transmission to be used in multiple GM products, including the current 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
    • Flint Assembly Plant: Approximately 180 retained jobs by redeploying team members from Lansing Delta Township to support production of the Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD pick-up trucks.
    • Lansing Delta Township: Approximately 500 retained jobs to support production of the all-new Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave in the first quarter of 2018.

    “The job commitments announced today demonstrate the confidence we have in our products, our people and an overall positive outlook for the auto industry and the U.S. economy,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra.

    As previously announced, the Lansing Delta Township Plant will be adjusting production plans this spring as the plant transitions from building three models, the Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia (all-new GMC Acadia now built in Spring Hill, Tennessee), to two models, the all-new Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave. During this transition, the plant will not operate a third shift. When the plant has fully launched the new crossovers by early 2018, GM will bring back approximately 500 jobs to give the company flexibility to meet market demand for the new crossovers.

    Since 2009, GM, along with the UAW, announced investment commitments in Michigan of nearly $10 billion.

    GM Plans for Workforce Development

    GM also outlined its support for several initiatives aimed at promoting the development of engineering and technical skills required for future job growth in Michigan and the U.S.:

    • FIRST Robotics: FIRST Robotics inspires and recognizes science and technology education.
    • Take 2: An internship program for professionals with technical backgrounds who took a career break of two or more years and are interested in returning to the workforce.
    • Girls Who Code: A partnership to inspire and empower thousands of U.S. middle and high school girls to become future leaders in technology and engineering fields.
    • SAE International’s A World in Motion (AWIM): A teacher-administered, industry volunteer-assisted program that brings STEM education to life in K-12 classrooms.
    • Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP): Program to encourage and prepare students across southeast Michigan for the technical jobs of the future.
    • TechForce: Partnership with Arizona Science Center and Phoenix public schools designed to provide middle and high school students with hands-on experiences that encourage both STEM and career and technical education.
    • Student Corps: An internship program in underserved Michigan communities partnering high school students with GM retirees and college students on service work, job training and life skills development.

    “With the rapid pace of change in our industry, it’s very important the U.S., and Michigan, can attract the best technical talent in the world for our most critical jobs and careers,” said Barra. “Supporting programs that promote STEM is a key part of ensuring we have access to the technical talent needed to win in the future.”

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