Lansing is home to the two newest General Motors
plants in North America, and the Detroit-based carmaker is now making the most of one of those recent investments. The Grand River Assembly Plant location is now adding a second shift and 600 new jobs. The workers have been hired to build the new Cadillac ATS.
GM began working toward the 600 new hires in October of 2010 when the company announced it would invest $190 million into the Grand River Assembly Plant to prepare the facility to build the new vehicle. The hiring began in March when GM started taking on about 40 new employees each week and beginning orientation and training. As of last week, 460 of the 600 new employees had been hired.
“The majority are new hires,” says Erin Davis, plant communications manager for the Grand River Assembly Plant. “Everyone’s really excited. It’s exciting whenever you get an investment and get a new vehicle. The ATS is a brand new platform that has never been done before in Lansing. It’s good for the community, the plant and for GM.”
The Grand River Assembly Plant was not only chosen for its relative newness, but also because of the proven track record of the Lansing-area workers.
“We’ve received numerous awards for our vehicles,” says Davis. “We’ve had a JD Power and Associates Bronze Plant Award, plus we have a great workforce who has demonstrated how well we can make quality vehicles.”
According to Davis, the new Cadillac should be ready for the showroom by late summer.