GM’s $43M plan for 55 new jobs in Wyoming – MLive.com

Posted: Tuesday, December 15, 2015

WYOMING, MI – For the second time this year, General Motors Corp. has announced plans to expand its Grand Rapids Operations plant at 1600 Burton Street SW.

GM announced Tuesday, Dec. 15, that will invest $43.35 million, create 55 new jobs and retain another 15 jobs when it adds a new powertrain components line at the plant, which currently employs 400 hourly employees and 130 salaried workers.

The announcement was made in Flint on Tuesday, Dec. 15 as part of a larger announcement that GM plans to make $356 million in investments for a new engine line in Flint and other projects in Michigan.

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GM spokesman Kevin Nadrowski said Tuesday’s announcement is separate from a June 1 announcement in which GM said it would reactivate a vacant portion of its giant Wyoming plant for a yet-to-be-name product line that would create 300 new jobs and a $119 million investment.

The 500,000-square-foot expansion on the south end of the 1.8 million-square-foot facility will once again fully utilize a former Delphi plant that once was split up to include production by Bosch and Penske Corp.

While those expansion plans are still in the works, the company is not ready to announce the product line or the timing of the production start, Nadrowski said.

In Tuesday’s announcement, GM said it will add powertrain parts to the plant, which currently produces high precision internal engine parts that include lash adjusters, roller hydraulic valve lifters, cylinder deactivation lifters, continuously variable cam phasers and other metal stampings.

The $43.35 million investment will create 55 new jobs and retain 15 current jobs, according to a company announcement.

“This investment signifies a commitment to the men and women of Grand Rapids Operations and their dedication to produce precision machined automotive components to support numerous GM product applications used in a variety of Buick, Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac vehicles,” said Grand Rapids Operations Plant Manager Rick Demuynck in a press relase.

“This commitment not only reflects confidence in the Grand Rapids team, along with the leadership of the UAW, but also showcases the sense of ownership and pride our employees have in the products they build.”

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Jim Harger covers business for MLive/Grand Rapids Press. Email him at jharger@mlive.com or follow him on Twitter or Facebook or Google+.

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