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GM to give Pontiac Stamping plant $30M upgrade

March 31, 2011
http://detnews.com/article/20110331/AUTO01/103310344

GM to give Pontiac Stamping plant $30M upgrade

CHRISTINA ROGERS
The Detroit News
General Motors Co. said Wednesday it’s investing more than $30 million to upgrade its 79-year-old Pontiac Stamping plant.
The investment will modernize the factory’s tooling and equipment, helping to turn it into a regional center for supply materials to multiple GM plants.
The new capital will help retain 290 hourly and salaried jobs at the factory, GM said.
Pontiac Stamping is a primary supplier to Orion Assembly in Orion Township, where this year GM starts production on the Buick Verano compact, and the Chevrolet Sonic subcompact.
“GM continues to invest in our manufacturing operations to ensure we have the technology and equipment we need to build whatever our vehicle designers develop,” Gerald Johnson, GM’s manufacturing manager, said in a statement.
Elsewhere, GM has stepped up factory investments.
In January, it announced it would add a third shift and about 750 jobs to its truck plant in Flint. The automaker also is investing $190 million to add 600 jobs and second shift in Lansing to build a new small car Cadillac.

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