GM Considering Lansing for New Stamping Plant

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General Motors' Lansing Grand River Assembly manufacturing complex could expand.

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and the Lansing Economic Area Partnership announced today that GM is considering building a cutting edge stamping facility at the plant.

It would be a 225,000 square foot facility and employ up to 65 people to begin with and possibly more later.

The big news is GM is growing and they've investing here because they believe in Lansing," Bernero said.

"It's a global economy, this is a global company, they're choosing Lansing but we have to choose them."

The new plant is dependent on the city approving economic incentives for GM. The proposal will be submitted to city council on Monday.

"If we want those jobs here paying a decent wage then we have to be willing to provide the incentives," Bernero said.

Mike Green, president with UAW Local 652 said the expansion would be a win for the entire region.

"It all works out because you're bringing people in here who are spending money, they're going to live here, work here, play here, so it's good for everybody, the economy... it's good for Lansing," Green said.

General Motors released a statement saying "it is developing a business case for a potential future investment at LGR Assembly. An investment would fund facility improvements aimed at strengthening the plant's manufacturing capability. We cannot share details at this time."

The plant currently assembles the Cadillac ATS and CTS with production of the Chevrolet Camaro expected to move to the facility in 2015.

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