State Rep. Ben Frederick, of Owosso, stands alongside a Hummer EV after joining General Motors CEO Mary Barra and other state leaders in Lansing to announce the company’s plan to invest billions of dollars in two Michigan manufacturing facilities.
GM announces plan to invest $7 billion in mid-Michigan, Oakland County regions
State Rep. Ben Frederick today joined General Motors Chair and CEO Mary Barra in Lansing to announce the company’s plan to invest $7 billion in two Michigan manufacturing facilities.
GM and LG Energy Solution, through their Ultium Cells LLC joint venture, will invest $2.5 billion to build Ultium’s third U.S. battery cell manufacturing facility in the Lansing area. GM will also spend $4.5 billion to convert its Orion Township assembly plant to build full-size electric pickup trucks. The projects will create 4,000 jobs and retain a further 1,000 existing jobs in Michigan when the plants are fully operational.
Frederick, of Owosso, helped pave the way for the projects through his work to create a new economic development fund dedicated to bringing new jobs to the state.
“GM’s decision to invest in Michigan in a time of fierce competition for jobs is a huge win for the future of our state and local economies,” Frederick said. “Other states have been trying to attract investments from auto manufacturers as the industry shifts to electric vehicles. If these investments went to another state, not only would we have lost out on thousands of new stable and well-paying jobs, but auto plant jobs and the auto suppliers that our rural communities are built around would have become more and more at risk. Through this success and future successes Michigan will continue to show that we will not give an inch in the marketplace for job creation and investment.”
GM has stated that its investment in the Delta Township battery plant demonstrates its commitment to supporting near-term products as the company transitions to an all-electric-vehicle future.
An effort led by state Rep. Ben Frederick to offer additional learning resources for Michigan children who are deaf or hard of hearing will soon advance to the governor for consideration after it received overwhelming bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.
“Both of these measures were brought forward in a bipartisan manner with a focus on offering more opportunities in the learning environment…
The Legislature last week gave final approval to a bipartisan plan spearheaded by state Rep. Ben Frederick to offer additional grant opportunities for adults interesting in pursuing associate degrees and certifications through the Michigan Reconnect program. The legislation now heads to Governor Whitmer for consideration.
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