GM to invest $800 million to renovate operations, add 1,750 jobs in Michigan

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General Motors plans to invest $800 million in Michigan as part of plans to renovate facilities throughout the state to support future vehicle platforms and programs.

The company will also add 1,750 jobs in the state after consolidating various engineering functions outside Michigan to a site in Michigan, the state said Tuesday in enhancing economic development incentives for the automaker.

The Michigan Strategic Fund amended an agreement with the company that increases the number of employees GM can apply toward a state tax credit from 33,000 to 34,750.

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. said the deal will increase the number of jobs at GM’s Warren Tech Center in suburban Detroit covered by the tax credit to 6,750 from 5,000.

GM said it could not provide details on specific plans but added in a statement that it “was pleased with the State of Michigan’s action which makes a strong business case for potential future jobs and investment at GM facilities across Michigan.”

An initial agreement between the state and company -- reached in June 2009 -- required GM to retain a maximum of 20,000 employees at 17 Michigan facilities in exchange for tax credits.

The deal was amended to allow GM to retain up to 33,000 employees in the state.

In a memo to the Michigan Strategic Fund board, GM officials said the amendment will “provide further stabilization for General Motors in Michigan.”

Separately, automotive supplier Brembo North America Inc. was awarded an amendment to its tax credit to allow for additional jobs, as well as $3.5 million in state grants to build a production facility in Albion Township, Mich., and add 254 jobs.

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