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GM to build logistics center at Mich. plant

Keywords: Tags  General Motors, GM, Lansing Grand River assembly plant, Cadillac, investment, Christine Sitek, automotive, corinna petry

CHICAGO — General Motors Co. plans to build a $44.5-million logistics optimization center at its Grand River assembly plant in Lansing, Mich.

GM will erect a 400,000-square-foot building adjacent to the plant to sequence and assemble parts, streamlining the flow of materials while reducing handling and transportation costs.

"This project is the latest example of how we’re doing business differently in GM today," Christine Sitek, GM North America manufacturing manager, said in a statement May 21. "We’ve developed an innovative material strategy that increases efficiency and improves quality to benefit our customers, employees and the bottom line."

The 2.5-million-square-foot Lansing Grand River assembly plant, which builds the Cadillac ATS and three Cadillac CTS models, opened in 2001. It has more than 1,500 employees, a figure that is expected to grow by 200 when the new logistics facility opens.

GM has invested $278 million at the facility since the third quarter of 2010 to produce next-generation Cadillacs, the Detroit-based automaker said.

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