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 were doing business differently in GM
today," Christine Sitek, GM North America manufacturing
manager, said in a statement May 21. "Weve developed an
innovative material strategy that increases efficiency and
improves quality to benefit our customers, employees and the
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.