|With the Oklahoma City investment, GM will build a
new 250,000 sq. foot paint shop and renovate the plant's body shop and general assembly
areas with new equipment, machinery and tooling.
GM's Lansing car assembly plant will
begin building the Chevy Malibu later this year, while Oklahoma City is currently
scheduled to stop building the product in early 2001. Regular truck production is
currently scheduled to begin at Oklahoma City during the 2002 calendar year.
"GM's Oklahoma City investment is part of an ongoing strategy to further expand
truck production capacity and better align our manufacturing capabilities with customer
demand," said Guy Briggs, GM vice president and general manager of the GM Truck
Group. "Oklahoma City has been a great place to build cars and we know it will be a
great place to build trucks."
For competitive reasons, GM is not releasing information on the specific truck products
to be built at Oklahoma City.
The Oklahoma City plant currently employees approximately 3,150 hourly and 230 salaried
employees. The Lansing car plant currently employs approximately 5,740 hourly and 430
General Motors, the world's largest vehicle manufacturer, designs, builds and markets
cars and trucks worldwide. In 1999, GM earned $5.6 billion on sales of $176.6 billion. It
employs about 388,000 people globally.
GM's vision is to be the world leader in transportation products and services. It is
investing aggressively in high technology and e-business within its internal operations
and through such ventures as e-GM, GM TradeXchange, Onstar and its Hughes Electronics
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