Thursday, November 17, 2016

“Seeing ‘The New Reality’ GM Moves to Invest $900 Million in Three U.S. Plants!”; Update: "GM Stays in Kentucky"

“Seeing ‘The New Reality’ GM Moves to Invest $900 Million in Three U.S. Plants!”
by Newsroom

"General Motors Wednesday announced that a new reality in business has motivated it to undertake initiatives to strengthen and align its production output at key U.S. manufacturing operations. The plans include investing more than $900 million in three facilities- Toledo Transmission Operations in Ohio, Lansing Grand River in Michigan and Bedford Casting Operations in Indiana- to prepare the facilities for future product programs. The company will invest $37 million to support future product programs in Bedford, retaining 45 jobs. Project Details Details about program timing and applications will be released at a later date.

Including Wednesday's announcement, GM has invested more than $336 million into the Bedford plant since 2010. "This investment in the future recognizes the excellent workforce at Bedford Casting Operations," says Bedford Casting Operations Plant Manager Gareth Jolly. "It also demonstrates GM's collaboration with our UAW and IBEW partners, which reflects how we continue to innovate and bring new powertrain solutions to our customers."

The Bedford Powertrain currently employees 870, of those 689 are hourly and 181 salaried. The Bedford plant products include transmission casings, converter housings, heads, and small gas engine blocks. GM also announced plans to align production output with demand for cars built at the Lordstown, Ohio, and Lansing Grand River, Michigan, assembly plants. As the customer shift from cars to crossovers and trucks is projected to continue, GM will suspend the third shift of production at both facilities in the first quarter of 2017.

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 31 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at

What is "the new reality?" Trump! Here come the jobs!”

"Ford Tells Trump They Will KEEP Lincoln Manufacturing Plant in Kentucky - No Mexico!"
by Newsroom
President-elect Donald Trump tweeted Thursday night that Ford Motor will continue to produce Lincoln vehicles in Kentucky. “Just got a call from my friend Bill Ford, Chairman of Ford, who advised me that he will be keeping the Lincoln plant in Kentucky- no Mexico,” Trump said in one tweet. He followed up shortly afterward, tweeting, “I worked hard with Bill Ford to keep the Lincoln plant in Kentucky. I owed it to the great State of Kentucky for their confidence in me!”

Ford has two Louisville plants that produce Lincoln vehicles. It was not immediately clear whether Ford had ever said it intended to move Lincoln production. The Louisville Assembly Plant makes the Lincoln MKC and Ford Escape. The facility employs 4,705 people, according to the Ford website. Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant produces the Lincoln Navigator, as well as Ford Expedition, F-250 through F-550 series of trucks and Super Duty pickups, according to the website. It has 5,091 employees. Trump has criticized Ford for moving jobs to Mexico.”

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