GM Invests $145 Million for Small
Cars at Orion Assembly
LAKE ORION, Mich. - Manufacturing
site of future Buick compact sedan Investment will help retain
1,550 jobs. General Motors will invest $145 million at the Orion
Assembly Center, GM North American President Mark Reuss said
today. Orion will be the home to Chevrolet's new small car and
Buick's future compact sedan – the all-new Verano.
"Verano will bring premium
styling, performance and content to Buick buyers wanting a
smaller car than Regal," said Reuss. "The investment in Orion
Assembly also extends GM's local small car footprint, again
increasing the number of U.S.-made small vehicles available in
The investment to retool the
facility will retain 1,550 hourly and salaried jobs at Orion,
along with 120 jobs at Pontiac Metal Center. In June 2009, GM
announced that Orion would build the next-generation of
Chevrolet's new small car. The total investment for that program
is approximately $600 million, which includes the Verano.
GM has worked closely with the
United Auto Workers to create new and innovative contractual
language that will allow this facility to be flexible and lean –
essential elements in the highly competitive, small car market
"The UAW welcomes the news of an
additional vehicle being allocated to the Orion Assembly Plant.
Building small cars in the United States is very important to
the UAW, Oakland County, and the State of Michigan," said Joe
Ashton, UAW vice president of the GM Department.