GM adding 3rd shift and hiring 500 workers

Posted at 8:29 AM, Jan 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-05 08:29:56-05

A job at General Motors is the job Anthony Freeman has been waiting for.

"I need to start applying," said Freeman. "That was like my main thing."

That's why he headed to Michigan Works first thing in the morning after hearing about the openings.

"Majority of my experience is with manufacturing company," said Freeman. "So it'll be a good fit for me."

A good fit for him and good news for auto workers in mid-Michigan.

"We're gonna be fully utilized for the first time since the plant's been here," said Mike Green, the President of UAW Local 652. "We're very excited about that."

The plant will employ a total of 2300 people once GM is done hiring.

"Good pay, good benefits, a good place to work," said Green. "I'd recommend it to anybody."

They'll be building new cars 5 days a week, 24 hours a day, at the lansing Grand River plant for the first time since 2001.

"We're in the process of starting to bring them in, and we'll go through all the training exercises associated with that, get them ready to be professional installers and be able to build vehicles," said Lansing Regional Plant Manager Mike Trevorrow.

To fill up all the orders from dealerships across the country.

"We couldn't make them fast enough for them," said Trevorrow. "So it's been really fortunate for us."

Shaheen Chevrolet in Lansing has a couple in stock now, and it's waiting on five more to get to the dealership.

"We've got it sitting right in the showroom, and we're taking orders daily," said General Manager Jason Cords. "We've had a lot of people come in order exactly the car that they want."

And it's that excitement that has freeman looking forward to working for GM.

"It would be good experience because right down the street I can say 'oh I helped do that,'" said Freeman. "Just having that on your background is pretty good."