GM is investing $230 million to build up four production plants in the Flint, Michigan area to support the production of the Chevy Volt and Chevy Cruze. GM estimates this build up will support 500 jobs.
As GM winds down the prototype production (around 80 or so were built), and begin the pre-production vehicles, these plants are about to become very busy.
"These four GM manufacturing plants have a key role in GM's production of the next generation of fuel-efficient vehicles, the Chevrolet Volt and Cruze," said Larry Zahner, GM manufacturing manager. "The men and women at these plants are working hard to exceed their quality and cost objectives while maintaining a relentless focus on safety and improved efficiency."
The four plants have cut their waste by 97 percent. They have recycled 12 tons of batteries, 47,000 tons of scrap metal, 616 tons of oil, 229 tons of wood and 74 tons of plastic paper.
The plants will be part of the process to develop automated equipment and tooling for the Chevy Cruze and Volt assembly plants, die die development and stamping of body panels and other components and the manufacturing and assembly of key powertrain components including the 1.4L four-cylinder engine generator for the Volt and the 1.4L four-cylinder turbo engine for the Cruze.