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News of  April 11, 2000


GM's Oklahoma City Plant To Build Trucks Chevy Malibu Production Shifting To Lansing Car Plant

Major Investment In Oklahoma City Will Expand Truck Production Capacity

Detroit, Mich. - General Motors officials announced today plans to invest more than $700 million into its Oklahoma City, Oklahoma assembly plant for production of a wide variety of future mid-size truck products. To make way for the trucks at Oklahoma City, GM will shift production of the Chevy Malibu to its Lansing, Michigan car assembly plant. The Malibu will be built with the Lansing plant's current product line-up, the Pontiac Grand Am and the Oldsmobile Alero.


Chevy Malibu

Photo: GM

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 salaried employees.

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 Corp. unit.

(April 6, 2000)


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