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Just days after General Motors' declaration of growing earnings and net income for the first quarter of 2015, the automaker is announcing a major investment in its future: $5.4 billion in upgrades at US factories over the next three years. Unfortunately, the precise sites that are getting a large portion of this money remain a secret, but GM is detailing three of them, for now.

The largest segment of this investment disclosed so far is $520 million for "tooling and equipment for future new vehicle programs" at the Lansing Delta Township factory. GM isn't saying when construction starts or what models might be built with the upgrade. Although, a separate expansion was announced there last year for the company's crossovers.

Additionally, $139.5 million is being invested to build a new body shop and stamping facility upgrades at the Pre-Production Operations center in Warren, MI. The company expects the improvements to help find issues before regular assembly of future vehicles starts. Finally, GM is putting $124 million into the Pontiac Metal Center to pre-test body panel dies and allow the automaker's stamping plants to get to work in less time.

"The common thread among our investments is the focus on product improvements that benefit customers," said Cathy Clegg, vice president of GM North America Manufacturing, in the announcement. Still, these three outlays represent just $783.5 million of the company's $5.4 billion total – about 15 percent. The automaker promises to divulge where the remaining $4.6 billion is going in the next few months.

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GM Announces $5.4 Billion in U.S. Plant Investments

$783.5 million identified for three Michigan facilities; remainder to follow this year
2015-04-30

PONTIAC, Mich. – General Motors announced today it will invest $5.4 billion in U.S plant improvements during the next three years, including details of $783.5 million for three Michigan facilities.

"These investments are evidence of a company on the move, strategically investing in the people, tools and equipment to produce cars, trucks and crossovers that are built to win in the marketplace, with stunning design, quality and breakthrough technologies," GM North America President Alan Batey said at the Pontiac Metal Center, where $124 million will be invested.

Two other investments detailed Thursday are $520 million for tooling and equipment for future new vehicle programs at the Lansing Delta Township assembly plant, retaining 1,900 jobs, and $139.5 million for a new body shop and stamping facility upgrades at Pre-Production Operations in Warren.

"The common thread among our investments is the focus on product improvements that benefit customers," said Cathy Clegg, vice president of GM North America Manufacturing. "Together with our UAW partners, we're working hard to exceed consumers' ever-increasing quality expectations."

All major body panel dies will be pre-tested in Pontiac under regular production conditions, enabling stamping plants to produce quality parts in shorter time; pre-production vehicles in Warren will surface issues long before regular production begins; and new products in Lansing will be among the best the company has built, she said.

The $5.4-billion new investment translates to GM investing in U.S. operations about $5 million a day or $150 million every month for the next three years.

"General Motors is investing in Michigan – and Michiganders," Gov. Rick Snyder said. "Our state's automotive heritage and expertise is known around the globe, and GM and its workforce are a major part of that. We're going to continue to ensure the best environment for GM, the auto industry and all other industries to grow and thrive, creating more and better jobs. That includes connecting and developing the talent to keep the economic engine running at full speed long into our state's bright future."

GM will detail the remaining $4.6 billion and identify plants involved over the next several months.

Since June 2009, GM has announced U.S. facility investment of approximately $16.8 billion. About $11.4 billion of that has come since the 2011 UAW-GM National Agreement. In total, these investments have created 3,650 new jobs and secured the positions of approximately 20,700 others.

"By working together, the UAW and GM are making a difference in communities across the United States," said UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada, who leads the union's GM Department. "These investments represent the power of our collaboration to create jobs and improve competitiveness, quality and our manufacturing base in this country."

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com

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