GM say that it wants to underscore the fact that it employees thousands of workers in locations across the country, and that since 2009, the automaker has created or saved 7,900 jobs in 21 localities around the U.S. If you live in close proximity to a GM plant, keep your ear to the ground for the open-house time and date in your area.
A similar effort is underway for The General's Canadian plants. Hit the jump for the full press release.
Tours by end of 2011 a Way of Showing Appreciation to Home Communities
DETROIT – General Motors will host an open house event at all 54 of its U.S. manufacturing locations and the Customer Care and Aftersales warehouses by the end of 2011 to give the American public the opportunity to learn more about the company's people, products and plants.
Each location will pick a date for their facility and invite the community to attend as a way to show the importance of partnerships to the company's success.
"Thanks to the support we have received from various stakeholder groups, we have a strong U.S. manufacturing footprint that employs thousands of people," said Diana Tremblay, GM Vice President of Manufacturing and Labor Relations. "These open houses are our way of showing our appreciation to the communities where we operate.
"Our manufacturing processes and the highly skilled team members who work in the plants and warehouses are an impressive combination that enables us to produce high quality vehicles on a daily basis – a critical factor to any successful business model," she said.
Since July 2009, GM has invested more than $3 billion in the United States and created or retained more than 7,900 jobs in 21 plant communities.
"I think it's a great opportunity to see the skill and dedication of our UAW men and women who are proud of their accomplishments in building the finest vehicles not only in this country, but in the world," said Joe Ashton, UAW Vice President-GM Department.
Although GM's Bowling Green Assembly Plant in Kentucky is the only facility with a regularly scheduled tour program, GM locations across the country accommodate as many tour requests as possible from the community, the media and school groups. Many UAW and GM employees volunteer to go into local classrooms to discuss the importance of manufacturing to the U.S. economy and the value of a strong math and science education.