General Motors Invests $245 Million Into Orion Assembly For Bolt, New Vehicle Program

JUN 23 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 25

Orion Assembly Fact Sheet

Orion Assembly Fact Sheet

General Motors states that it “will invest $245 million and add 300 new jobs at its Orion Assembly plant to support launching an all-new vehicle program unlike any in the plant’s 32-year history.”

While we don’t know what the “all-new vehicle program” is, we do know that the upcoming Chevrolet Bolt pure electric car will be built at Orion Assembly, so possibly there’s some connection between the Bolt and this “all-new vehicle program.”

General Motors was asked by several journalist what this “all-new vehicle program” refers to.  GM declined to comment.

In the release on the investment at the factory we see General Motors taking the opportunity to re-iterate the range of the Bolt:

“This latest investment comes just seven months after the announcement of a $160-million investment to launch Chevrolet’s game-changing Bolt EV, which is expected to achieve more than 200 miles of range on a single electric charge.”

General Motors North America Vice President of Manufacturing and Labor Relations Cathy Clegg, announces Monday, June 22, 2015, that GM will invest $245 million in the Orion Assembly Plant in Orion Township, Michigan, to support the launch of a new vehicle program. Investment in Orion totals $962 million since the UAW and GM worked together to reopen the previously idled plant in 2010

General Motors North America Vice President of Manufacturing and Labor Relations Cathy Clegg, announces Monday, June 22, 2015, that GM will invest $245 million in the Orion Assembly Plant in Orion Township, Michigan, to support the launch of a new vehicle program. Investment in Orion totals $962 million since the UAW and GM worked together to reopen the previously idled plant in 2010

 

Press blast:

GM Invests $245 Million for New Vehicle Program
Brings total investment at Orion Township plant to $962 million in past five years

2015-06-22

Orion Assembly Fact Sheet

ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich. – General Motors will invest $245 million and add 300 new jobs at its Orion Assembly plant to support launching an all-new vehicle program unlike any in the plant’s 32-year history.

“Orion Assembly is a breeding ground for manufacturing innovation,” said Cathy Clegg, GM North America vice president of Manufacturing and Labor Relations. “It serves as a model for how to engage the entire workforce at all levels to achieve success. The plant is up to the challenge of building this brand-new product, something it’s never seen before.”

Investment in Orion totals $962 million since the UAW and GM worked together to reopen the previously idled plant in 2010.

This latest investment comes just seven months after the announcement of a $160-million investment to launch Chevrolet’s game-changing Bolt EV, which is expected to achieve more than 200 miles of range on a single electric charge.

“Orion is an example of what we can achieve when we work together,” said UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada, who leads the union’s GM Department. “Only through innovative problem solving were we going to see this plant succeed, and this new investment is proof of that. UAW-GM continue to show the world that when you involve both workers and management in the process, workers win, management wins and our communities win.”

Orion has a unique culture that encourages employees to offer solutions to problems that positively impact the business. For example, a team of hourly, salaried and skilled trades’ workers from the paint shop recently developed a process monitoring tool for robotic paint applicators that alerts operators to potential failures before they happen. The innovative approach to preventive maintenance is now being applied to other GM manufacturing sites and will help avoid millions in cost annually.

Today’s announcement is a part of the $5.4 billion GM has announced it will invest in U.S. manufacturing over the next three years. Approximately $3.1 billion of the $5.4 billion has been identified, leaving $2.3 billion to be announced by year end.

Since June 2009, GM has announced U.S. facility investment of approximately $17.8 billion. About $12.4 billion of that has come since the 2011 UAW-GM National Agreement. In total, these investments have created 6,250 new jobs and secured the positions of approximately 20,700 others.

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25 Comments on "General Motors Invests $245 Million Into Orion Assembly For Bolt, New Vehicle Program"

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Ash09

Well, it’s certainly a step in the right direction for EV’s. Hopefully the next gen EV’s coming out in 2-3 years can become more mainstream for the general public.

Ziv

Ash, I have thought that electric cars were 2-3 years from breaking out and becoming mainstream since 2010. Man, it sure has taken a lot longer than I thought it would!

Maybe the Bolt will be the first electric car to sell 50,000 units per year, but GM has said they will be building 20-30k of them per year. Maybe that is a way to avoid the kerfuffle that resulted from GM people claiming the Volt would sell in larger numbers than it ended up at.

Will

they will never become mainstream for as long as only the wealthy can practically afford them. Soon as they become price-competitive they’ll fly off the ‘shelves’.

Turbofroggy

According to Forbes, the average new car price for this year was $30,303. The Bolt is expected to be $37,500 – $7500 tax cred = $30,000. They will never be mainstream when idiots like you think that all EVs cost $100K. Turn off Limbaugh and wake the F up.

bro1999

So whatever this “new vehicle program” is, it is requiring 50% more capital expenditure than the Bolt. I have to think this new “program” is EV-related in some way.

Bonaire

Spoke to a Chevy sales guy today. He indicated that they recently had a meeting in Michigan (maybe the same in the picture above) and that other car models were presented as concept pictures to the group. So, yeah, something else could be coming.

They didn’t say when or even if the Bolt will be national. There still is a need to sell them in ZEV states so that they can sell the big cars, trucks and so on. They need to make enough to drive demand and garner the credits that Tesla has been selling to companies like Honda who produces very little EVs (and when they did, people loved the little Fit EV). Come on Honda – make a BEV or EREV CR-V and it will sell 100,000 a year easily.

Just as a random point of interest, I’ve spoken to the Chevy people about the Bolt quite often, and it is planned as a national offering…not CARB-state specific

tftf

Since some people have been clamoring to re-use the Volt technology in a CUV/SUV or Minivans for years that could be one avenue.

But I have absolutely no info, just speculation.

One thing though, the Bolt is on and going into production. This is not some weird concept car as many speculated.

The Bolt could well beat both Nissan Leaf 2 and Tesla Model3 to market by months if GM keeps the current pace.

Lou Grinzo

I’m also speculating, but this REALLY feels like a Voltec CUV/minivan is coming. It can’t happen too soon, as few things would moore to help push “cars with plugs” into the US mainstream.

ClarksonCote

+1, definitely has to be something other than the Bolt anyway.

Hopefully it’s not a fool cell vehicle!!

Bonaire

Regarding the Chevy sales guy I mentioned above in my other post – when I asked him about this topic, he said it was not out of the question. (ie. a Voltec Equinox or similar). I know I want one and do not want the Mitsubishi Outlander PiHV (because mainly, it is an import).

JakeY

Well the concept may still remain a weird concept with the actual production Bolt being quite different, similar to the Volt concept vs production Volt.

I think a lot of the speculation is because unlike the Volt concept unveil, for the Bolt unveil there was a distinctive lack of specs other than “200 mile” range.

Draighven

Wording is important: “an all-new vehicle program unlike any in the plant’s 32-year history.” what’s been built at this plant in the last 32 years? If it’s only built small cars, this could be as simple as building a truck there for the first time.

Could be a fuel cell car, but doubtful. Though that would be unlike anything in the plant’s history.

Since the Bolt will be built there a simple EV is unlikely to be “unlike anything in the plant’s history”

Perhaps a combination? EV (or fuel cell, or voltec for that matter) pickup or SUV?

Could be building semi trailers too lol.

bro1999

Dare I say…..Voltec CUV/SUV?!?!

If it isn’t, I think I will give up on GM for good.

Draighven

We might see one, but I highly doubt it. At this point (unless it’s already in development and nearly finished) by the time it’s developed, tooled, tested, and released, third gen EV’s will have (hopefully) made it obsolete. The time for a dedicated expanded voltec line is quickly moving on, and the better EVs get the less Voltec is needed, and the more a dedicated electric platform makes sense.

Kaleb

Based on what I have read about the solid engineering behind the Volt, the Bolt may very well be the first GM I would ever consider owning. I hope it ends up a little larger than my Leaf, but judging by the photos that may not be the case. In any event, I am excited to see what GM will have to offer.

ffbj

Good for Detroit, which needs all the help it can get.

vdiv

I just “invested” $10 fur lunch.

Chip

A typically vague press release made up of management speak jargon while missing the basic facts.
If the Bolt crossover will be built on the Sonic/Astra sub-compact platform (a Sonic Bolt?), it would benefit from economies of scale by being assembled in the same plant.
The Voltec drivetrain is turning out to be versatile with components being used for the Volt EREV, a PHEV & an HEV so far. Can anyone clarify whether the Sonic Bolt BEV could use the same electric motors as the 2016 Volt?

Maybe we will hear something more about this new program at the Detroit Auto Show in January. I’m also hoping it’s a plugin SUV/CUV.

Draighven

Update on this story over at green car reports, grain of salt and all that till official:

[UPDATE: Motor Trend reports that the mysterious new product to be built at Orion will be a small Cadillac crossover utility vehicle, to be dubbed either XT1 or XT3. It attributes the report to “a source at GM.” Such a small SUV would likely use elements of the next-generation Chevrolet Sonic architecture, just as the Bolt EV electric car will.]

Mister G

I would love to see a battery electric truck BET

ampzilla

cost to operate an ice car including purchase price will never come close as the same as above for a comperable ev. ev depreciate faster. only leasing an ev makes sense today
you recoup your lease payment in via gas savings
and in three years turn it in and do it again