Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan
The resurgence of the state's auto industry continued this week as General Motors announced it would be investing more than $1.2 billion in Michigan, retaining or adding more than 1,000 jobs. Governor Rick Snyder joined in congratulating GM on the announcement.
"If you look at what's going on in Michigan today, we're making a tremendous comeback because of your hard work," the governor said. "We're number one in manufacturing jobs. We've been number four in private sector job growth over the last two or three years when we were 50 out of 50 for how long. So, it's a great opportunity to build for the future and that's the foundation you're helping set."
GM -- the largest automaker in the country -- will be making upgrades at five different locations in the Midwest, including three locations in Michigan: Flint, Romulus and Detroit-Hamtramck.
GM's Flint Assembly will enjoy a considerable portion of the $1.2 billion investment; the company will spend $600 million to build a 596,000 square foot building that will be the home of a new state of the art paint shop. This expansion will retain or add 150 jobs.
"I know the people here in Flint are hardworking, and that's why we made the decision to invest here," said Mark Reuss, the president of GM North America. "It's a good business move, yes, but it will also keep a community intact and growing -- a community that is very, very important to us."
In Romulus, the company is committing more than $483 million to retain or add more than 650 jobs. The expansion calls for a new 1-speed transmission program and for the V-6 engine capacity increase.
GM's $121 million investment at its Detroit-Hamtramck plant will build a Logistics Optimization Center and create another 260 news jobs.
The governor said that these kinds of investments in Michigan represent the strong relationship between General Motors and their employees, and justify Michigan's title as ‘The Comeback State.'
"It's a combination of your hard work and a great company coming together to create success, and us trying to create a great environment for people to live. We're going to continue on that path to rebuild our state. I'm excited about our future. I hope you are too."