Thursday, 29 October 2015

New presses take shape at Lansing

The first consignment of components for new stamping presses has arrived General Motors’ for its new $174-million Lansing Grand River (LGR) stamping facility.

The facility is part of the Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant in Michigan where the first 2016 Chevrolet Camaros has just left for dealers.

The load, weighing in at more than 93.75 tons or 210,000 pounds, is for the second press in the first of two stamping lines at LGR. The entire stamping line weighs over 3,200 tons. The next line will arrive at the plant in December with production starting in 2016.  

It was in August last year that GM announced construction of the facility would start that fall with the new stamping plant in Lansing set to make components for the nearby Lansing Grand River assembly plant.

The plant, which will stamp steel into auto components like hoods and door panels, will create or retain about 145 jobs, and produce parts for Cadillac ATS and Cadillac CTS vehicles and a “future product” the company had not at that time announced. The ATS and CTS models are built at the Lansing Grand River assembly plant.

The new plant begins operations in 2016. With the stamping plant being in the same complex as the assembly plant, GM claims it will be able to save $14 million a year in logistics costs.

Built in 2001, Lansing Grand River is GM’s second-newest U.S. assembly plant and the manufacturing home of the Camaro and Cadillac ATS, CTS and CTS V-series performance cars.

No comments: