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VanderWall celebrates GM’s historic $7B investment into Michigan’s workforce

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Curt VanderWall on Tuesday joined state leaders at an announcement by General Motors that the company will invest more than $7 billion into Michigan plants, creating 4,000 jobs.

“While today’s announcement focuses on significant economic growth in two Michigan communities, it’s really good news for the entire state,” said VanderWall, R-Ludington. “This is why I was happy to lead the effort by sponsoring a key bill of the Make it in Michigan Plan, which was signed into law in December and is directly responsible for this new investment.

“Today, GM told the world — with absolute certainty — that Michigan has the skilled workforce and infrastructure to continue to be a leader in global manufacturing. I am confident today’s announcement is just the first of many more to come as companies see the value of manufacturing their products in communities across the entire state.”

According to GM, today’s announcement is the largest single investment announcement in company history.

“Our state was the birthplace of the automobile and this historic investment by GM will keep Michigan as the leader of four-wheel transportation,” VanderWall said.

GM said it will invest $4 billion to expand its Orion Township assembly plant in Oakland County to produce electric vehicles and create a battery assembly line within the facility. Additionally, GM and LG Energy Solution’s joint venture Ultium Cells will invest $2.6 billion to build a volume battery cell manufacturing facility at GM’s existing plant in Delta Township near Lansing. GM will also put more than $510 million into upgrades at two Lansing-area vehicle assembly plants to upgrade production capabilities.