GM Reportedly Moving More Truck Production from Mexico to Michigan
Flint Plant Could Increase Proportion of 1500 Pickups
During this election season, the topic of manufacturing and the gradual migration of manufacturing jobs out of the U.S. over the past 20-plus years the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been in effect has been a lightning-rod issue for voters and presidential candidates alike. However, the migration of jobs back to the U.S. appears to be happening on its own, regardless of which way the political winds are blowing -- or perhaps because of them. Automotive News reports that General Motors is planning on moving some production of the 1500-series Crew Cab trucks from its plant in Silao, Mexico, to its plant in Flint, Michigan. The Flint plant primarily builds the 2500 and 3500 HD series Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks.
If GM were to transfer all of 1500 truck production to Flint, that would leave Silao Assembly without a vehicle to build. GM also operates engine and transmission plants in Silao. That prospect is unlikely following an announcement from GM in 2014 that it was planning on investing $3.6 billion in its production facilities in Mexico through 2018. However, a specific plant-by-plant allocation of those investments was not given.
Silao is one of four manufacturing facilities that GM operates in Mexico, with the others being in Ramos Arizpe (which will build the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan), San Luis Potosi (which builds the Trax compact crossover, along with a plant in South Korea), and Toluca (which builds the 1.4 and 1.5L EcoTec I-4 engines used in the Cruze, Malibu, and Volt).
Source: Automotive News