More GM production coming to Lansing

By City Pulse Staff
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General Motors Co. is reportedly bringing production of Camaro to Lansing

This story was updated Dec. 19

Wednesday, Dec. 19 — General Motors Co. reportedly plans to move production of its Chevrolet Camaro sports car from Canada to the company’s Grand River assembly plant in Lansing.

Reuters reports that the affect on employment is uncertain, according to company officials. New Camaro models will be built at the Grand River plant, along Malcolm X Street near downtown, where new Cadillac models are being produced.

According to media reports, Camaros are produced at GM’s Oshawa, Ontario plant. The move is reportedly planned for cost-cutting reasons.

Reuters also reports that the announcement has caused some tension among the Canadian Auto Workers union, which is asking GM to replace the potentially lost jobs at the Oshawa plant. The union called it a “complete and utter disregard” for Oshawa workers, according to Reuters.

The announcement was welcome news for Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero.

"Bringing the Camaro to the Lansing Grand River assembly plant is incredibly good news and another major leap forward for our city and for the entire Lansing region," he said in a statement. "It is further proof that GM is reclaiming their historic position as the greatest car company in the world — thanks in no small measure to President Obama's leadership — and that Lansing, Michigan continues to be the best place in America to build cars, thanks to our world-class workforce and the strong partnership between the UAW, GM and the City of Lansing."