General Motors is investing $449 million in two of their manufacturing plants in Detroit, Forbes reported. Gerald Johnson, the vice president of GM announced the plan to the Automotive Press Association in April, GM Authority reported.
The company plans to produce the next generation of their plug-in hybrid cars, lithium-ion batteries and other car models in the Detroit plants, according to Forbes.
GM will commit $384 million to the Detroit-Hamtramck plant, which will build the newest generation of the Chevy Volt, Cadillac ELR and cars that will be available outside of the U.S. such as the Opel Ampera, according to Forbes. The new Chevy Volt will begin production in fall 2015 and be sold as a 2016 model, GM Authority reported.
The company's total investment in this plant, which currently produces the Chevrolet Impala and Malibu, will have been more than $1 billion over the past five years.
The investment will create a second shift of workers to make these models, but GM hasn't released a projection of future hires, according to Manufacturing.net. A current shift to build a Chevrolet Impala or Malibu employees about 1,600 workers, GM Authority reported.
Brownstone Battery Assembly
The other $65 million will be invested in the Brownstown Battery Assembly plant, according to Forbes. This plant focuses on producing new technology beyond the currently lithium-ion batteries used in hybrid vehicles.
This investment is only the latest made by the auto manufacturer. GM has input about $2.8 billion into Michigan plants since 2009, which is just over half of its total investments in America, Forbes reported.
General motors and other businesses in the automotive industry face the task of finding skilled workers to support their expansions. Automotive makers should partner with a manufacturing recruiter to find the most qualified employees.