Democrats deliver crucial boost to Michigan manufacturing, a direct result of economic development efforts

LANSING, Mich., Jan. 25, 2022 — Today, General Motors announced a $7 billion investment in electric vehicle manufacturing in Michigan, including the construction of a new electric vehicle battery plant in Delta Township and a $4 billion investment in its Orion assembly plant that will together create 4,000 jobs. Both projects are part of GM’s effort to shift to 100% electric vehicle production by 2035.

“Today’s announcement is the direct result of House Democrats driving smart investments in Michigan’s future,” said House Democratic Leader Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Township), referring to the legislature’s economic development package signed into law last year. “Democrats have a strong economic vision to bring good-paying jobs in growing industries to communities across the state. We will make sure that the cars and technology of the future are made right here in Michigan.”

The four-bill economic development package passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the final days of session last year and was signed into law by Governor Whitmer. The bills dedicate funding to ensure project-ready sites across the state and will give Michigan a competitive edge over other states to attract new industry and jobs. “I’m extremely pleased that Michigan’s proud history in auto manufacturing is continuing right here in Delta Township,” said State Representative Angela Witwer (D-Delta Township). “I’ve worked hard to make Michigan a business-friendly state, and now those efforts are paying off. Through our bipartisan legislation that the Governor signed last year, we’ve helped General Motors bring 4,000 good-paying jobs to Michigan, including my district. This new investment fulfills the promise I’ve made to my constituents: I will fight tirelessly to ensure that you and your family prosper. Today, the results speak for themselves: we have brought jobs home and delivered for working Michiganders.”

GM’s announcement comes right as the legislature prepares to begin the budget process. With billions in federal coronavirus aid and infrastructure funding available to Michigan, Democrats have a plan to use this once in a generation funding to invest in Michigan’s continued economic success. “We know Michiganders are anxious about the economy,” said State Representative Joe Tate (D-Detroit), Minority Vice Chair of the House Appropriations Committee. “That’s why we need to use every tool available to us to build a bright future for Michigan. By building on the success of our economic development package, and continuing to invest in infrastructure, new industry, and job creation, we can guarantee prosperity for Michigan families for decades to come.”