MICHIGAN — Detroit-based General Motors announced this week that will invest in four new EV facilities in Michigan that will create 4,000 new jobs and retain an additional 1,000. The investments come as GM battles both Tesla and Ford Motor Co. in the EV automobile market.
The four new facilities include Orion Township and two facilities in Lansing as well as GM’s Factory Zero in Detroit/Hamtramck. These investments will make Michigan a leader in EV manufacturing over 100 years after it became the undisputed leader in automobile production.
“Today we are taking the next step in our continuous work to establish GM’s EV leadership by making investments in our vertically integrated battery production in the U.S., and our North American EV production capacity,” said Mary Barra, GM Chair and CEO. “These important investments would not have been possible without the strong support from the Governor, Michigan Legislature, Orion Township, the City of Lansing, Delta Township as well as our collaboration with the UAW and LG Energy Solution. These investments also create opportunities in Michigan for us to bring our employees along on our transition to an all-electric future.”
An event was held in Lansing where the Michigan Strategic Fund Board announced $824.1 million in incentives to attract the investment to Michigan.
“GM’s $7 billion investment in Michigan-the largest in their history-will create and retain 5,000 good-paying jobs and enable us to build on our legacy as the place that put the world on wheels,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “When it comes to investing in Michigan, GM and I have the same philosophy: ‘Everybody In.’ Michigan’s future is bright, and I will continue working with anyone to make transformational investments in our economy, create good-paying jobs, and empower working families.”
The investments that will create and retain good paying jobs won praise from leadership at the United Auto Workers.
“In a fast-evolving industry that advances toward technologies like electric vehicles, UAW members in Michigan knew they could face challenges or benefit from opportunities as the auto industry evolves. Today, through the work of Governor Gretchen Whitmer and her administration, General Motors, and the hardworking women and men of the UAW, Michiganders seized the opportunities of the future. Today’s announcement positions Michigan to remain at the center of the auto industry’s evolution and positions UAW members and their families to benefit for decades to come.”