General Motors plant manager discusses local expansion plans

Jul 12, 2013

The Cadillac ATS model was developed in Warren, Mich. in the General Motors Technical Center, according to General Motors.
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General Motors is preparing to break ground on a new 400,000 square foot logistics center at its Grand River assembly plant.

For generations, people in Lansing have described their town with three “C’s:” cars, capital and campus.  If you’re talking about the first “C,” you’re talking about General Motors.  The company took a lot of the brunt of the Great Recession a few years ago, filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2009 and receiving a massive federal bailout. 

General Motors was determined to shed its derogatory nickname “Government Motors.”  In Lansing, the company spent $190-million to create a second shift of 600 employees to produce the Cadillac ATS.  That investment paid off this year, when the ATS was named the North American Car of the Year.

Current State's Kevin Lavery spoke with GM Lansing Regional Plant Manager Tony Francavilla about the state of the company in mid-Michigan.