March 15, 2017

GM announces 900 jobs as Trump visits Detroit

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- As President Trump talked about strengthening the auto industry, General Motors announced plans Wednesday to add or retain about 900 jobs across three Michigan plants over during the next 12 months.

Trump mentioned the news to the hundreds of auto workers gathered for the event at the former Willow Run plant, which made bombers during World War II and later cars, as well as crediting Ford Motor and Fiat Chrysler for jobs they are bringing back to the U.S.

Trump also talked about his efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, which has led to many new auto plants opening in Mexico to make cars that are imported into the U.S.

"Buy American and hire American. It's not just a motto, it’s a pledge," Trump said. "The era of economic surrender for the United States is over."

GM said the new jobs are in addition to 3,300 jobs it promised to add in the U.S. as part of its four-year contract with the United Auto Workers union that was signed in 2015. However, GM also said the new jobs are not directly connected to any new policies proposed by Trump.

“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,” GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra said in a statement.

The new jobs are also in addition to the 7,000 jobs and $1 billion in U.S. investments GM announced earlier this year.

In Michigan, heart of the nation's auto industry, GM said it plans to:

  • Add 220 jobs at Romulus Powertrain Plant: GM will add jobs to increase production of the 10-speed automatic transmission to be used in multiple GM products, including the current 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
    •Retain 180 jobs at Flint Assembly Plant: GM retained 180 jobs by redeploying workers from Lansing Delta Township to support production of the Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD pick-up trucks.
    •Retain 500 jobs at Lansing Delta Township: GM has laid off 1,000 workers at this plant because it is making a transition from building three models 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 about 500 jobs to give the company flexibility to meet market demand for the new crossovers.
  • Trump has invited a number of automakers, automotive executives and auto employees to attend an event Wednesday at the American Center for Mobility at Willow Run.

    The president is planning to announced plans to pull back on the U.S. EPA's decision to leave fuel economy standards in place that are scheduled to take effect from 2021 to 2025.

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