General Motors announced today that it is adding two shifts and about 2,500 hourly and salaried workers at its Detroit-Hamtramck plant. The new plant, where Chevrolet Volt is already produced, will also produce the new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu and the next-generation Chevrolet Impala.
Detroit-Hamtramck currently has 1,121 hourly and salaried employees.
The Detroit automaker said that it will spend $69 million in tooling and equipment to support production of the next-generation Impala. Earlier this year , GM invested $121 million investment to support Malibu production.
“Filling this plant with new work is very satisfying because GM is dedicated to helping rebuild this city,” GM North America President Mark Reuss said at the plant Wednesday. “We are confident in the flexibility of the plant, the excellence of our workers and the great cars assembled here.”
The announcement is a part of GM’s plan that was announced in May 10, where it would invest $2 billion in 17 plants and create or retain about 4,000 jobs.
Refresher: The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu will go on sale in the United States in 2012 in LS, LT and LTZ trim-levels. The standard engine offering in the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu is a 2.5L Ecotec direct-injected 4-cylinder making more than 190-hp with a maximum torque of 180 lb-ft. The Chevrolet Malibu Eco is powered by GM’s eAssist system and is mated to a 180-hp 2.4L Ecotec direct-injection 4-cylinder engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Chevrolet Malibu Eco estimated to get 38 mpg on the highway.
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– By: Omar Rana