General Motors is investing $2.2 billion in its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant to make it a state-of-the-art facility building electric and self-driving cars.
The automaker said Monday the plant will provide 2,200 jobs as it shifts to become the company’s first all-electric vehicle plant.
Detroit-Hamtramck will start production of an all-electric pickup in late 2021, then build the Cruise Origin, an all-electric self-driving car.
“This will be General Motors’ most technically advanced assembly plant,” GM President Mark Reuss said in a news conference at the facility. “That’s really amazing.”
For now, the plant is set to idle for retooling on Feb. 28, meaning about 800 hourly workers could be laid off or transferred. Union leaders have set up informational meetings with members to discuss their futures starting Tuesday.