General Motor’s New Stamping Plant to Add 145 Lansing Jobs

General Motors recently announced it will start construction on a $174-million stamping facility that will create or retain about 145 jobs.

The new 225,000-square-foot facility, part of the company’s Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant, is expected to be operational by 2016. It will produce stamping components for the Cadillac ATS and Cadillac CTS family of vehicles as well as future product, one of which will be the next generation Chevrolet Camaro.

Also, the Grand River plant will be launching the new coupe version of the ATS sedan, which is expected to hit dealers in the fourth quarter of this year, according to Lansing Plant Manager, Tony Francavilla.

“We currently have a stamping facility that supplies our plant in the Delta Township area. It also supplies many of the parts for the ATS and CTS. We expect that we will have a higher demand for exterior body panels, so adding a facility, which doubles our stamping output in the region, allows us to make more parts locally. We expect to save about $14 million annually on our logistics costs,” said Francavilla. “You’ve got to be competitive in order to price your product competitively. Bringing a local stamping facility here allows us to achieve a higher quality product at a greater value for our customer.”

Built in 2001, Lansing Grand River is GM’s second-newest U.S. assembly plant and the manufacturing home of the Cadillac ATS, CTS and the CTS V-series performance versions.

Including the new stamping plant, GM has invested more than $530 million in the Lansing facility since 2009.

Construction has started on a $44.5-million, 400,000-square-foot logistics center at the Grand River plant. It will sort and deliver parts to the assembly line when it opens later this year. The facility is expected to employ up to 200 people.

Between the two projects, the plant will add 600,000 square feet, increasing the size of the Grand River facility by about 20 to 25 percent, said Francavilla.

“The logistics center will take in the stream of materials coming from all over the U.S. and the world, getting them ready for quick assembly. It will be able to handle a greater variety of suppliers and parts making the work environment easier, more pleasant for our employees. The other part, of it is it allows us to build a greater variety of vehicles on one assembly line, and since the parts are there already and selected, it allows you to build a higher quality of vehicle,” said Francavilla.
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