LANSING, Mich. -- Plans for a new General Motors plant - and its promise of badly needed new products - are on schedule despite the automaker's recent financial problems, a union official says.
GM's Delta Township plant near Lansing, Mich., is on schedule and is less than a year away from completion, says Art Luna, president of UAW Local 602.
The plant will employ about 3,300 workers on two shifts.
"We plan on having a successful launch so that we can push for more product and more facilities," Luna says.
He would not confirm product plans. But industry sources say GM will launch Saturn and Buick vehicles on its new Lambda architecture beginning in the third quarter of 2006. Lambda is designed for front- or all-wheel-drive vans and sport wagons.
The Lansing M plant will stop building the Chevrolet Classic and Pontiac Grand Am this month. About 2,900 hourly workers will transfer from the Lansing plant to Delta Township.
Luna says the paint shop is 95 percent complete, and construction is just beginning on the general assembly area.
The Delta Township plant will include a regional stamping facility and rail lines that will serve as a transportation hub for that plant as well as the Grand River assembly plant in Lansing. The Grand River plant builds the Cadillac CTS, CTS-V, STS, STS-V and SRX.
"So far, everything is going according to plan," GM spokesman Stefan Weinmann says. "We're looking forward to the plant coming on stream."
Construction on the 322-acre site began in February 2004.
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