Auto Suppliers Likely to See Boom in Business From New Cadillac

By: Alex Goldsmith Email
By: Alex Goldsmith Email

600 new jobs. That's what GM says it is adding to the Grand River plant to produce a new Cadillac model. But that's just the beginning.

"There's a large industry people don't even know about," said Jake Jacobson, the UAW chair for Android Industries, the company that makes cockpits for the Delta Township Plant's Chevrolet Traverse.

Companies like Android Industries could feel a ripple effect from GM's announcement Thursday. In fact, Jacobson says Android has already been asked to give quotes on five different parts for the new Cadillac model GM is building in Grand River.

"If we get the quotes, we're looking at 200 to 400 more jobs just added to Android alone," said Jacobson.

Android isn't the only company here in Lansing that stands to gain. Ryder, Lear Corporation, Bridgewater Interiors, Comprehensive Logistics and JCIM are just a few companies that could win big. UAW Local 724 President Dean Poggiali told WILX that although it's too early to tell exactly how GM's move will affect parts suppliers, but it could be a significant gain for UAW 724 companies.

"Just speaking from Local 724, we possibly could see 200-300 new jobs but that's very hard to determine right now," said Poggiali.

But the IPS sector as a whole could see tremendous gains in Lansing.

"It's going to be huge," said Jacobson. "We could be looking anywhere from 2,000 to 4,000 new jobs that could supply GM."

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