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News of  February 8, 2000
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GM Begins Construction On New Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant
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Lansing, Mich. - General Motors has begun construction on an all-new assembly plant that will bring together many of the best, most competitive manufacturing practices from around the globe. The new Lansing Grand River (LGR) Assembly Plant will be GM's first new assembly plant in the United States since beginning construction on the Saturn plant in Spring Hill, Tenn. in 1986. New_Assembly_Plant_Site_Plant

New Lansing Grand River (LGR) Assembly Plant

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LGR will build the next generation Cadillac Catera and other luxury vehicles. The plant will consist of three separate buildings - a body shop, paint shop and general assembly - designed around lean manufacturing processes. GM is investing about $558 million in the project, including buildings and equipment. Production is targeted to begin in the fourth quarter of 2001, and the plant is projected to employ 1,500 people by its third year of operation.

Wagoner said GM's global scale enables the company to leverage its knowledge and best practices from around the world. "We are acting as 'one company,' using our skills, capabilities and resources from around the globe to do the best job we can for local customers in every market we serve," Wagoner said. "The experience gained and the lessons learned from these projects will help make Lansing Grand River a truly world-class facility."

In bringing together global best practices, GM is focusing on the areas of people systems, quality, customer responsiveness and cost, with safety an overriding priority. Many of the processes were developed and proven at GM's world-class efficient plant in Eisenach, Germany. They have been taken to the next level in the company's newest greenfield plants in Poland, Argentina, China, Brazil and Thailand.

Wagoner said the UAW, along with state and local governments, worked with GM to make the new plant a reality. "For the UAW and GM, Lansing Grand River provides a great opportunity to work together at world-class levels," Wagoner said.

"In the final analysis, it has been the willingness by all parties to work together that has made this day possible," Wagoner said. "GM is building this plant to be a model for its competitive manufacturing strategies in the U.S. - and for partnership among business, labor and the public sector."

(Jan. 31, 2000)

 

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