"It’s Always Mother’s Day for Detroit-Hamtramck Duo."
Says General Motors.
GM surprised us with this heartfelt Mother's Day story:
"For Detroit resident Evetta Osborne, every day is Mother’s Day. That’s because she literally works side by side with her daughter, Monique Watson, at General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. They have installed the lithium-ion battery pack on nearly every Chevrolet Volt, Opel Ampera, Holden Volt, and Cadillac ELR since production began."
"In fact, apart from vacation days and an occasional sick day, the mother-daughter duo has installed almost every battery pack since the Volt was in pre-production in 2009. The ELR launched earlier this year. All told – including Ampera – that’s more than 80,000 electric vehicles."
So, if you own a Volt, ELR or Ampera, chances are this mother-daughter duo were the ones who installed the battery pack.
Mother Evetta Osborne says:
“We’re a good team and our relationship is secondary when it comes to performing our jobs – but it’s great to work alongside my daughter."
Daughter Monique Watson (herself a mom too) adds:
“We’ve been doing it long enough together that we anticipate each other’s moves. There’s a lot of non-verbal communication that we share when we’re working, but it’s also great to know my mother is there to talk with and share things with every day. The arrangement has absolutely improved our relationship.”
Here's the rest of this Mother's Day story:
Osborne, who has worked at Detroit-Hamtramck since 1999, encouraged her daughter to apply, and Watson was hired in 2006. When Volt production was announced, they trained together in 2009 and were assigned to the battery installation station.
“I believed D-Ham would be a good place for Monique because the schedule allows you to balance work and family life,” says Osborne. “It’s been a good experience for both of us.”
Like all jobs, some days are tougher than others, but Watson credits her mom for instilling in her – and her siblings – a strong work ethic.
“From an early age, we knew what it meant to give yourself 100 percent to your job,” she said. “And while I know I’m doing a good job for our customers, I also know that my mom is right there, looking over my shoulder. Talk about expectations!”
A testament to the family’s experience at Detroit-Hamtramck comes from Watson’s 8-year-old son.
“He really wants to come and see us at work,” she said. “And he tells me all the time he wants to work here, too – either that or design cars.”