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'The new GM, the new Michigan'

Bruce Nunnally

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Workers at General Motors Co.'s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant have begun installing new equipment for the long-awaited Chevrolet Volt electric car, and Gov. Jennifer Granholm and local politicians on Monday celebrated GM's $336-million investment and the $136 million in tax abatements that made the project possible.

"This is the new GM, the new Michigan and the new electric vehicle," Granholm said.

Altogether, GM leveraged Detroit abatements and $132.5 million in state tax credits to put $700 million into eight facilities throughout Michigan for future electric car development.

In addition to the Detroit-Hamtramck commitment, the other GM plants benefiting from Volt-related expenditures are:

• Bay City: $37 million for camshafts and connecting rods.

• Flint Engine South: $202 million for tooling needed to make the Volt's 1.4-liter, four-cylinder engine generator.

• Flint Metal Center: $1.7 million to refurbish stamping press lines.

• Flint Tool & Die: $23 million for new die sets used to stamp Volt body panels.

• Grand Blanc Weld Tool Center: $30 million to produce robotic welding cells for the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.

• Brownstown Township: $43 million for a new plant to make lithium-ion battery packs.

• GM Tech Center: $27 million for research in advanced battery technology.


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