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GM invests $300M to build new Chevy EV in MI

GM invests $300M to build new Chevy EV in MI

The carmaker will spend US$300 million and add 400 workers at the plant in Orion Township, north of Detroit, where the Chevrolet EV will be built alongside the Bolt model.

"We are excited to bring these jobs and this investment to the USA", said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra during an announcement at the plant with employees, elected officials and community leaders.

The Bolt EV is the only current vehicle to ride on GM's BEV2 platform, which can be considered in some ways an offshoot of GM's Gamma 2 architecture underpinning the Chevrolet Sonic and Trax.

The moves come after last weekend's string of venomous tweets by Trump condemning GM for shutting its small-car factory in Lordstown, Ohio, east of Cleveland. About 3,300 workers in the US would lose their jobs, as well as 2,600 in Canada.

Company executives are expected to make the case that the new EV - originally considered for one of GM's Chinese plants - is being built in the United States because of the new trade deal that is still awaiting approval by the U.S. Congress. The plant now employs about 880 hourly and 130 salaried employees.

Responding to a request for comment, GM spokesman Dan Flores issued a statement to 21 News on Thursday regarding the plant which he characterized as "unallocated" instead of "closed".

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"We already had 500 of those employees moved to other locations".

"Right now, we're focused on the people of Lordstown, making sure they have opportunities because we do have jobs", Barra told reporters following Friday's announcement.

The United Auto Workers has sued GM over the closings, which still must be negotiated with the union. Details on the additional investments will come at a later date, but GM said it plans to add 700 new jobs to other USA facilities with the investments. "And we've made it clear that we disagree with that", UAW Vice President Terry Dittes said.

"We're still waiting to see what's going to happen with other GM plants, like Detroit-Hamtramck", AutoTrader's Krebs said.

"We are excited to bring these jobs and this investment to the U.S.", GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra said during the announcement at the plant with employees, elected officials and community leaders.

Trump allies acknowledged that Trump may be limited by what he can accomplish for the Lordstown plant, but they said his vocal advocacy signaled to his supporters in the area that he is fighting on their behalf.