Spring Hill Manufacturing in Tennessee will join General Motor Co.’s Michigan plants in Detroit-Hamtramck and Orion Township as the company’s third electric vehicle plant. In a statement released October 20, GM said it would invest $2 billion in Spring Hill and a combined $152.5 million of investments on plants in Michigan.
The Spring Hill Assembly Plant, which currently produces two Cadillacs, will add a third to its production, the electric Cadillac Lyriq. The factory will build both the traditional XT6 and XT5 Cadillacs in addition to the new electric luxury model. According to GM, the renovation work at Spring Hill will include comprehensive upgrades to general assembly and major expansions of the paint and body shops, which will “begin immediately.”
The Lansing Delta Township Assembly, in Michigan, will receive production of GMC’s Acadia SUV. Flint Assembly will receive $32 million to support future production of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup, which GM says have gained significant market share in North America.
$17 million for GM’s Romulus facility will go towards increasing the capacity of GM’s 10-speed truck transmission, which is used in several of GM’s full-size pickups, and other models including the Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon, and Cadillac Escalade.
GM also said it would spend $3.5 on its Orion assembly plant and $750,000 at a site in Brownstown Charter Township, both related to production of the autonomous GM Cruise.
The latest slate of investments brings GM’s funding of electric vehicles to $4.5 billion over the past 19 months, including $2.2 billion at its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant to assemble GMC’s new electric Hummer and other electric vehicles.
“We are committed to investing in the U.S., our employers and our communities, said GM CEO Mary Barra. “These investments underscore the success of our vehicles today, and our vision of an all-electric future.”
UAW VP Terry Dittes, Director of the UAW’s GM Department, said he was “excited” about the work of building new vehicles. “UAW members are committed to making GM’s investment in these new vehicles continued top sellers and best-in-class next-generation electric vehicles,” he said.