January 10, 2002
GM opens first new assembly plant in U.S. since 1986
Lansing, Michigan – General Motors Lansing Grand River (LGR) assembly plant LGR was officially opened yesterday – the plant is GM’s first all-new U.S. assembly plant since construction began on the Saturn plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee in 1986. Construction for LGR began in late 1999. Production of the first vehicle, the all-new 2003 Cadillac CTS began in the fourth quarter 2001. The plant began shipping the vehicles to Cadillac dealers on January 7, 2002.
The $559 million, 1.9-million-square-foot plant is comprised of three buildings – the Body Shop, Paint Department and General Assembly. The assembly plant and administrative buildings are located on an 82.5 acre brownfield redevelopment site that housed the former Oldsmobile Engine and Components plant – property that was home to Oldsmobile even before GM’s founding in 1908.
“LGR is the latest in a long line of outstanding GM facilities all around the world-including recently built facilities in Poland, China, Argentina, Brazil and Thailand,” said GM CEO Rick Wagoner. “The experience gained, and lessons learned, from each of those facilities is now concentrated right here at LGR-and it makes this plant truly state of the art.”
LGR currently employs 725 people, and once fully operational, is expected to employ 1,500 people.