Yesterday, General Motors announced that the new-generation Chevy Impala will be built at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. The production of the renewed Impala is planned to begin in late 2013.
The D-Ham plant was opened in 1985 to produce Buick and Cadillac products. But after the forthcoming upgrade, it will turn into a Chevrolet plant. On Tuesday, the last Cadillac DTS drove off the line, and the next week, the plant will assembly its last Buick Lucerne. In June the plant will be closed for four weeks to be reconfigured for the Impala production. GM plans to invest $69 million in the assembly plant upgrade.
There will be added two shifts and 2,500 salaried and hourly workers, which is a great increase taking into consideration that currently there are 1,121 employees. The GM will recall 1,300 laid-off UAW workers, and remaining 1,200 positions will be occupied by new hires. And even these 1,200 jobs are big news for Michigan that has the highest unemployment rates across the country. It is also said that the new employees will be paid about $14 per hour, which is half of the pay rate of veteran UAW union members.
This month, GM said that it plans to invest about $2 billion in components and assembly plants, keeping 4,000 jobs at 17 facilities in 8 states. By now, the company has already made investments in the facilities located in Toledo, Ohio; Bowling Green, Kentucky; Flint and Bay City, Michigan.