• Nov 22nd 2010 at 5:32PM
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General Motors is giving the public a glimpse into the company's inner workings though a series of factory tours. Each of the 54 GM manufacturing facilities in the United States are set to host open-house events in order to give everyone a better idea of exactly what goes on in the newly-public automaker's plants. Each of the facilities will choose a date for their respective event and invite their local community inside by the end of 2011.
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.

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GM to Host Open House Events at all 54 U.S. Manufacturing Facilities
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.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      If you've never taken an auto plant tour...you're missing out.

      Watching it all in action is mesmerizing, the workers, the machines. It's all pretty amazing.

      I had the joy of seeing the Edison, NJ Ford plant in action before it was torn down a few years ago. Kinda sad.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Planning my trip to Oshawa now!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think at most facilities you can book a tour. I was planning on going to the Flint truck and bus asssembly some time soon anyways.
      • 4 Years Ago

      Seriously though, this should lead to some good PR for the company. I visited the Silao Plant in Mexico some years ago, I was pretty amazed. If you can get the chance to visit one you should.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i wish i live closer to a plant :( this would be a lot of fun and very interesting.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The GM plant near me in Wilmington Delaware closed up shop. Fortunately though, Fisker bought it. I wonder if they will offer factory tours...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I got to tour the Arlington plant (Tahoe/Yukon/Escalade) a couple of years ago, and also back in 1977, when they were building Cutlasses, Malibus, and Monte Carlos. The 1977 tour was actually more interesting.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "the automaker has created or saved 7,900 jobs in 21 localities around the U.S."

      Can someone explain to me how exactly you "save" a job? You mean you decided not to fire someone?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Watch em drinking and smokin dope...oh wait that was Chrysler.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My keyboard has pepsi all over it. Thanks for the laugh, though!
      • 4 Years Ago

      Looking forward to hosting visitors to my site.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cool. They used to have them often when I was a kid in the '70s here in Flint. Well worth the effort.
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