Workers install wheels and tires on a preproduction 2016 Chevrolet Camaro for testing at the Grand River Assembly Plant in Lansing GM

Workers install wheels and tires on a pre-production 2016 Chevrolet Camaro for testing at the Grand River Assembly Plant in Lansing,

GM to Invest $175 Million in Lansing's Camaro Plant

The Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant will resume a second shift of 500 jobs in late summer, months before a Canadian Camaro production line shuts down.

GM announced today that it will invest $175 million in new tooling and equipment for the latest incarnation of the Chevrolet Camaro. 

The facility improvements include the installation of three new paint systems, as well as two robotic framers intended to provide better dimensional control for more precise driving, GM said in a statement.

The Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant will resume a second shift of 500 jobs in late summer. 

The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro was introduced on Detroit’s Belle Isle on May 16.

Today’s announcement combined with others in the last four weeks accounts for nearly $2.8 billion of the $5.4 billion that GM said April 30 it would invest in U.S. facilities over the next three years. It is investing $520 million in another Lansing plant, Delta Township Assembly.

GM is closing its Camaro production in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, in November, cutting 1,000 jobs. "We will end production of the fifth-generation Camaro in Oshawa and begin the sixth generation in Grand River," said GM spokesman Monte Doran.

"Moving Camaro from Oshawa to Grand River allows us to consolidate rear-wheel drive production," Doran added. Rear-wheel drive for the Cadillac ATS and CTS is already being produced at the Lansing Grand River plant.

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