GM to make Mexico-built Cadillac SRX crossover in Tennessee

DETROIT Wed Aug 27, 2014 1:37pm EDT

The General Motors logo is seen outside its headquarters at the Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan in this file photograph taken August 25, 2009. REUTERS/Jeff Kowalsky/Files

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DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Co (GM.N) will shift production of its Cadillac SRX crossover vehicle from Mexico to its plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee, where the company once built vehicles for its defunct Saturn brand, the company and the United Auto Workers union said on Wednesday.

UAW President Dennis Williams said in a statement that the shift of jobs from Mexico to a U.S. plant "is a big victory" for collective bargaining.

The production of the SRX and a GMC midsize vehicle that has yet to be named will require about 1,800 unionized hourly workers, GM said. But a GM spokeswoman said it was not yet known how many jobs will shift from Mexico to Spring Hill as a result of the SRX production.

A year ago, GM announced that it would invest $350 million at Spring Hill to add the production of two new vehicles. The plant now makes the Chevrolet Equinox crossover.

There are about 1,600 unionized hourly workers at the plant, but GM did not break down how many of those workers make engines for GM vehicles and how many assemble the Equinox.

GM will invest about $185 million in the plant near Nashville to make small gasoline engines. This will help the company retain about 400 unionized jobs, the UAW and GM said.

GM suspended production of autos at the plant in 2009 when it went through a government-sponsored bankruptcy. The plant continued to operate at reduced capacity as an engine plant until 2012 when GM resumed building vehicles there.

GM also announced that it would spend $48.4 million and create or retain about 45 jobs at its Bedford, Indiana casting plant.

GM said the Spring Hill plant will be one of six plants around the world that will build its new "Ecotec" small engines, which will be used to power 27 models for five GM brands by the 2017 model year.

The former Saturn plant was once the site of GM's experiment with a more collaborative relationship with workers based in part on the model of Japanese automakers led by Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T).

GM scrapped the Saturn brand in 2009. By that time, Saturn production had been already shifted away from Spring Hill.

(Reporting by Bangalore Newsroom and Bernie Woodall in Detroit; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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Comments (3)
Dijeau wrote:
Now if GM started building the Buick Encore and Chevy Sparks here also we could buy them with Americans going to work. Not saying they should close the plant in South Korea but sell the cuurent production there is Asia. Both are great cars and the Chevy Spark electric is a great All Electric with an 80 mile range for the short commute car that could use the EV plug ins everybody is installing at the job as a perk.

Aug 27, 2014 1:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Kahnie wrote:
More of this kind of move by corporate America and more Americans can 1) buy American and 2) have people in the U.S. get good wages to buy more goods that are American made. That’ll move the country out of the doldrums of stagnation as far as the middle class workers and families are concerned. Good show–GM.

Aug 27, 2014 2:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
“UAW President Dennis Williams said in a statement that the shift of jobs from Mexico to a U.S. plant “is a big victory” for collective bargaining.”

So the UAW is claiming credit for this relocation?

Aug 27, 2014 2:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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