VIDEO: General Motors Creating 1,500 New Jobs in Michigan

By Mike Brownfield | October 08, 2012



How's this for an exciting headline? "General Motors to add 1,500 jobs in Michigan!"

Those jobs will be housed at an information technology innovation center in Warren. A large percentage of those jobs will be for recent college graduates, and GM will recruit at Michigan colleges and universities.

Governor Snyder applauded GM for their commitment to Michigan, as The Detroit News reports:

"(GM has decided) Michigan's the place to be to innovate, and to do it on a significant scale of 1,500 jobs is very exciting," Snyder said in a Friday interview. "I'm fired up by this." Snyder said GM's information technology center will help attract and retain young professionals in technology jobs in Michigan.

"The auto industry is very high-tech," he said. "I think that's the message we still need to get … out to people."

Governor Snyder also noted the importance of preparing Michigan's youth for high-tech jobs into the future. "Our strength in engineering, research and development is a core Michigan asset that will mean good jobs in an innovative and exciting industry for all who pursue careers in scientific and technology fields. We as a state, and we as parents, must commit to training our kids do these jobs."

GM's isn't alone in bringing more and better jobs to Michigan. Earlier this year, Ford Motor Company celebrated taking full control over the Flat Rock Assembly Plant, eventually bringing 1,200 new jobs to Michigan, while Detroit Manufacturing Systems, an auto parts manufacturer in the city's Gateway Industrial Center, plans to invest $29.2 million and create approximately 572 jobs over the next five years. And recently it was reported that Michigan's economy has reached a 10-year high according to Comerica Bank's Michigan Economic Activity Index.

Creating more and better jobs is the first thing on Governor Snyder's "10 Point Plan for Reinventing Michigan," and Michigan is heading in the right direction. Today's announcement is the first of three new projects from GM expected to result in the creation of 2,000 jobs in Michigan from up to $300 million in additional new investment by the company for the combined projects.