latest automotive news, best new and used cars, find a new car 19f06_3701262894_bbf3f4d1c6_b-e1488824688804-610x302 GM to Layoff 1,100 Michigan Employees as Domestic Production Shifts South GMC

General Motors has said it will discharge 1,100 employees at its Lansing Delta Township assembly plant in Michigan in May. Last year, America’s largest automaker announced an additional 800 jobs at its Spring Hill plant in Tennessee to aid in production of the updated GMC Acadia. However, those positions seemed to have come at the expense of its Michigan workforce.

The cuts come after GM’s promise to invest another $1 billion into U.S. factories earlier this year. President Trump has insisted that American car builders manufacture more product within the country while condemning any ventures in Mexico. While General Motors may be shifting production south, it’s not so far south as to garner any presidential ire. The automaker has claimed that the billion dollar investment would maintain or create 1,500 U.S. jobs. Still, the net employment loss in this instance does not seem to reflect that. 

The Lansing factory will continue assembling the Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse after a month of retooling, GM spokesman Tom Wickham told Reuters in an emailed statement.

Last November, the company announced it would be forced to eliminate roughly 2,000 jobs — ended the third shift for the Lordstown, Ohio and Lansing Grand River plants at the beginning of 2017. It also said there were plans to suspend the second shift from its Detroit-Hamtramck plant, which would mean 1,300 lost jobs by March.

Those layoffs were largely related to consumer interest gradually turning away from small passenger cars. GM added roughly 8,000 new jobs last year and intends to bring more up from Mexico. Axle production for the next generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra will be consolidated in the United States, creating an additional 450 American jobs.

While GM CEO Mary Barra initially stated that the president’s desires had no impact on the company’s future plans, she also said, “I want to be part of the solution that allows the country to be strengthened along with business,” in a January press conference. That, in conjunction with the billion dollar investment, seems to have at least restored Trump’s faith in the automaker.

“[General Motors’] committed to invest billions of dollars in its American manufacturing operation, keeping many jobs here that were going to leave. And if I didn’t get elected, believe me, they would have left,” Trump said last month.

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