General Motors announces $449M investment in Detroit-Hamtramck & Brownstown plants

DETROIT (WXYZ) - General Motors has announced a major investment in two plants.

GM will invest $449 million to upgrade manufacturing processes at Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly and Brownstown Battery Assembly plants.

“General Motors is committed to building award-winning products and developing technologies in America, which helps to grow our economy from a resurgent auto industry,” said Gerald Johnson, GM North America Manufacturing vice president. “These investments will help the next-generation Chevrolet Volt build on its position as the leader in electrified propulsion.”

The investment announcement was made during the Automotive Press Association. It is the largest investment ever at both facilities.

GM is designating $384 million at Detroit-Hamtramck for new body shop tooling equipment and additional plant upgrades that are needed to build the next generation Chevrolet Volt and two future products.

The Brownstown Battery Battery Assembly plant will receive $65 million in upgrades that will support the next generation of the lithium-ion battery production.

Both Governor Rick Snyder and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan are praising the investment.

“Michigan is poised for even greater global leadership in automotive innovation,” Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said. “This significant investment by GM will harness the power of our state’s unparalleled assets, such as its talent, world-class universities, and research and development capabilities. “While challenges remain throughout the auto industry, this announcement shows that it is looking to the future, and the resulting technological advancements will strengthen our economy and benefit our environment,” Snyder said. “This is great news for Detroit, the region and all of Michigan.”

“This is a significant investment by General Motors and it helps to further position Detroit as a leader in the innovative technologies of tomorrow,” said Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. “We anticipate that the upgrading of the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant and the production of GM’s next-generation electric vehicles will create well-paying jobs for Detroiters. As we continue to bring real change to our city, we need partners like GM who are committed to investing in our future.”