After plenty of debate, it seems likely that General Motors will build a new small car offering in Michigan.
The Detroit Free Press reports that GM’s Orion Assembly facility, located in Orion Township, Michigan, will build the small car (likely the Chevrolet Spark or the Aveo’s forthcoming replacement). The Orion Assembly plant currently builds the Chevrolet Malibu and the Pontiac G6.
With the Pontiac brand disappearing altogether within the next year, the plant will find itself with plenty of extra capacity. The same can be said for plants in Janesville, Wisconsin, and Spring Hill, Tennessee, which were also in the running for building the small car. GM CEO Fritz Henderson had mentioned the decision would come down to manpower and logistics costs.
Seeing as the stampings for the Spark will be produced at a facility in nearby Pontiac, Michigan, the Orion plant would make sense from a logistical point of view. Of course, the $44 million in incentives offered by Orion Township doesn’t hurt, especially when they’re expected to save GM approximately $250,000 annually over 12 years.
Source: Detroit Free Press