Chevrolet is throwing a big pile of money towards its Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant as it gets ready to build the new sixth-generation 2016 Camaro. The automaker will invest $175 million for new tooling and equipment needed to produce the lighter, more powerful model. It also means the return of hundreds of workers needed to get it down them assembly line.
The money will be used for, among other things, new paint system for Camaro-specific Summit White, Bright Yellow, and Red Hot colors. The investment also includes installation of two robotic framers, which allow better dimensional control to provide a more precise drive experience.
“With this investment in tooling and equipment, we will continue to do our part to build on the high-quality reputation of this iconic car,” said GM North American Manufacturing Manager Scott Whybrew. “These investments in the Lansing plants are proof of the teams’ quality commitment, to put the customer at the center of everything we do.”
What’s more, the plant will resume a second shift in late summer which will add 500 jobs to the workforce.
“I may be the luckiest mayor in America today,” said Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero. “Gearing up for full-scale production of the legendary Chevy Camaro is a new high point in the more than two decades of extraordinary partnership between the City of Lansing, General Motors and the UAW. “We build the best cars in the world right here in Lansing, and we’re delighted to welcome the 2016 Chevy Camaro to the Lansing-made family of great automobiles.”
The all-new Camaro was introduced on Detroit’s Belle Isle on May 16. The automaker says it offer a suite of new technologies, including a new Drive Mode selector, along with even higher levels of performance and fuel economy, not to mention a leaner, more athletic design.
Today’s $175 Million announcement combined with others in the last four weeks accounts for nearly $2.8 billion of the $5.4 billion that GM plans to invest in U.S. facilities over the next three years.
UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada commented on the announcement, saying: “UAW members have proudly built vehicles in Lansing for more than 100 years. As we help prepare for the launch of the all-new Camaro, we are pleased to continue our tradition of producing quality cars that we love to craft and build and our customers love to drive.”
The Gen Six Camaro goes on sale later this year, offered in LT and SS models.