DETROIT -- General Motors is spending more than $545 million to upgrade five assembly and parts plants in Michigan.
The largest amount, $163 million, is being spent to prepare the assembly plant in Pontiac to build the next generation of GM's full-sized pickups. Production of the 2007 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, which use GM's new truck platform known as GMT900, will begin late this year.
The upgrades at the Pontiac assembly plant will help create 280 jobs, GM said. Those jobs will be filled by current GM workers who are on layoff or working elsewhere.
GM also is spending:
Said Joe Spielman, head of GM North America Manufacturing: "We are working hard to return this company to profitability and long-term sustainable growth."
Greg Migliore contributed to this report
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