The General Motors is one of the biggest automakers that has come under the direct scrutiny of Donald Trump. Even before taking his office, Trump had targeted GM for taking jobs outside the USA. Trump’s aggressive actions forced several automakers to quit their plan to invest in other countries to reduce operational costs. Trump had promised the automakers to minimize regulations and increase tax cuts to reduce the production cost in the USA. General Motors announced on Wednesday that it will retain 680 jobs at the Michigan facility while adding 220 more jobs. The POTUS is planning to visit Michigan for the first time after taking over the White House.
The Romulus Powertrain Plant in the Detroit region is expected to kick off production of 10-speed transmission that is commonly used in several vehicles. This could result in an increase of about 220 jobs in the Michigan area. Flint Assembly Plant manufactures GMS Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado pickup trucks. GM announced that the 180 jobs in this production plant will be retained. The automaker is also planning to redeploy its workers from the suffering Lansing Delta Township Assembly plant.
GM is planning to launch upgraded Buick Enclave SUVs and Chevrolet Traverse in the next year. To aid in the manufacturing process, 500 jobs from the Lansing Delta Township plant will b moved. Just in the past week, GM announced that it is putting an end to third shift at the Lansing Delta Township plant. This move was necessary as the production of Acadia and GMC Acadia came to an end. This move is expected to affect thousands of salaried and hourly workers. The production of Acadia will be taken over by the Spring Hill Assembly plant available in Tennessee.
Mary Barra, the CEO, and chairman of GM announced that the company has confidence in their products and people. The new job announcements are made as the automaker hopes for a positive growth in the auto industry as well as in the overall US economy. In January, GM had announced that it will retain the 7000 jobs in the US. The automaker is also planning to invest about $1 billion in several US facilities. The new job announcements are made in addition to the previous numbers. The investment in several plants in the USA could open up about 5000 salaried jobs and a major portion of the investment will be in the Michigan region.
Trump has plans to meet with several automakers at the American Center for Mobility in the Ypsilanti township. It is expected that Trump will urge the manufacturers to invest more in their US facilities and bring more jobs, especially in Michigan region. Trump is against manufacturers who make their cars in Mexico and import them to the USA. While GM tries to appease the POTUS, it should be noted that GM is not planning on cutting jobs in Mexico. The new jobs in the USA are driven by an increase in sales of SUVs and trucks. The American market is hoping to purchase new cars with efficient transmission features.