No offense to our super-cool neighbors to the north, but it always felt a bit wrong that America’s favorite late-model ponycar, the Camaro, was built on Canadian soil. It’s nearly as bad as our astronauts having to bum rides into space from Russia. But at least one of those is changing. Yep, GM dropped $175,000,000 upgrading the Lansing, Michigan, plant’s tooling and equipment just so they could churn out the 2016 Camaro. It also means the return of hundreds of jobs for American workers.
Some of the plant’s improvements included three new paint systems for the colors specific to the Camaro, like Summit White, Red Hot, and Bright Yellow. Other stacks of cash were spent on robotic framers, which have better dimensional control for the build process. The Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant will also resume a second shift of 500 jobs in late summer, when production is up to full speed.
“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!”
UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada commented, “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.” With this corrected we just need to fix that space issue.