LANSING — General Motors has plans to invest $175 million at the Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant over the next three years.
The investment will fund a project that will halt production of two Cadillac sedans and replace them with two yet-to-be-named products.
The plant is currently home to these vehicles:
- Chevrolet Camaro: coupe, convertible, and high performance.
- Cadillac CTS: sedan and V-series.
- Cadillac ATS: sedan, coupe and V-series.
Steve Notar Donato, the plant’s manager, said he doesn’t know when the company will name the two new products to be built in Lansing and if a third shift could be added at the plant.
“We’ll increase our schedules or decrease our schedules based on the acceptance in the marketplace,” Notar Donato said.
About 2,000 people are employed at the Lansing plant and two neighboring stamping facilities. The entire complex is located at 920 Townsend St.
GM’s new cars to be built at the Lansing plant are expected to debut sometime before 2021.
GM’s effort to improve the plant and offer new products excites Randy Freeman, president of UAW Local 652, which represents employees at the plant.
“We have a bright future because (GM) is putting the money into it,” Freeman said.
GM officials announced in 2016 the company would invest $211 million into the plant for new tooling for future Cadillac products and a 32,000-square-foot body shop expansion.
The company laid off 500 workers from the plant last year and cut the third shift due to declining sales of the Camaro, CTS and ATS.
In 2015, officials announced a $174 million investment in the plant for production of the sixth-generation Camaro. Hundreds of workers were added to the plants second shift that year.
The plans included a stamping facility; The facility went online in 2016 and is considered part of the Lansing plant.
Lansing Mayor Andy Schor said he’s impressed with GM’s strategy to focus on sedan production in the region because it helps the company prepare for any economic downturns.
“It’s a car people want and love in the good times,” Schor said. “But if a recession comes, it’s also a smaller car with better gas mileage. I think this is actually the best of both worlds.”
Other previous GM investments in Lansing include $44.5 million for a logistics optimization center (2013) and $88 million for development of a CTS model (2012).
GM also has invested heavily in its Delta Township Assembly Plant.
The company finished two years ago a $583 million retooling and expansion project at the plant. The project started in 2014.
The project added 181,000 square feet to the body shop, 54,000 square feet to the paint shop and 28,000 square feet to its general assembly area.