In Victory for Spring Hill Workers and Families, UAW and GM Announce Cadillac SRX As New Product for Spring Hill Manufacturing, $191 Million Investment in SGE Program
Spring Hill, Tenn. – Today, in a victory for Tennessee’s workers and families, UAW International and Local 1853 joined with executives from General Motors to announce the Cadillac SRX as one of two future mid-size vehicles set for manufacturing at the Spring Hill plant, as well as a $191 million investment at the Spring Hill Complex for a new Small Gas Engine (SGE) program. Today’s news means that GM will retain 415 jobs at the Spring Hill facility.
“GM’s investment today is a huge testament to their confidence in Spring Hill’s workers, and is a great example of the economic opportunities we’ve been able to create here in Tennessee as a result of the collective bargaining process,” said UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada. “Today’s announcement is proof that we can achieve great things when management allows its workers to have a seat at the table and a role in constantly improving the products we manufacture. I’m proud to stand here today with our workers and colleagues from GM to celebrate a huge victory for Spring Hill, as well as all our auto workers who have fought so hard to bring jobs and a stronger UAW to Tennessee.”
The GM plant in Spring Hill currently employs 1,575 workers who construct engines, stamping, and molding, and conduct service parts operation for GM vehicles. After the plant was idled in 2009, it was a central priority of the UAW to see it reopened in 2011, when UAW used the power of collective bargaining to bring these jobs back to the local community.
“I’m proud of our workers here in Spring Hill, and excited about these new investments that will allow us to continue growing and producing quality automobile parts here in Tennessee,” said UAW Regional Representative Ray Curry. “These announcements are a clear sign of the hard work and dedication of the members of UAW Local 1853 and the strong relationship the UAW and GM have built. When workers are allowed to have a seat at the collective bargaining table, we are best positioned to make quality products and bring more jobs into our communities.”
Also Wednesday, UAW and GM announced that GM will invest $49.7 million at the Bedford, Ind., Castings Plan for SGE components, resulting in the creation or retention of 43 jobs.
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