Growing and strengthening west Michigan's middle class
WYOMING June 1, 2015– General Motors announced today that it will invest $119 million dollars in its Grand Rapids Operations Plant, located at 1600 Burton SW in Wyoming, and create 300 new jobs there, many of them expected to be hourly union positions. Workers at the Grand Rapids Operations Plant belong to UAW Local 167.
In addition, GM donated a total of $80,000 to four local community organizations– West Michigan Environmental Action Council, Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, Greater Wyoming Community Resource Alliance and Finish the Mission Veterans Relief Fund– with each one receiving a $20,000 check at this morning’s press conference.
Cindy Estrada, UAW-GM vice president, said this was a positive step for the west Michigan community, and credits UAW membership for the automaker’s continued expansion:
“By working together, UAW members and GM are making a difference in communities across the United States. These investments represent the power of our partnership and collective bargaining to create jobs and improve competitiveness, quality and our manufacturing base in this country.”
The new production line for the location has not yet been announced.
From the Grand Rapids Press/Mlive:
The 500,000-square-foot expansion on the south end of the 1.8 million-square-foot facility will once again fully utilize the former Delphi plant that once was split up to include production by Bosch and Penske Corp.
Grand Rapids Operations Plant Manager Rick Demuynck said the expansion space is “under roof” but currently not being used for production. Installation of the new production machinery should begin later this year after the new product line is announced.
According to the Detroit Free Press, GM will spend the money at the Grand Rapids site to purchase new and more productivity tooling and equipment for use in making engine components for future vehicles.