GM Adds 500 Jobs at Lansing Plant to Support 2016 Camaro Production

May 28, 2015 12:12 PM EDT | Matt Mercuro

General Motors is adding a second shift to its Lansing Grand River Assembly plant once again to support production of the recently revealed sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro.

The automaker announced a huge $175 million investment on Thursday which will go towards three new paint systems and two robotic framers, among other improvements, according to General Motors.

"We build the best cars in the world right here in Lansing, and we're delighted to welcome the 2016 Chevy Camaro to the Lansing-made family of great automobiles," said Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero in a media statement.

Currently, the plant is running on one shift to make the Cadillac ATS and CTS, but soon a second shift will be added of around 500 employees.

The second shift is expected to resume sometime this summer, according to GM.

The sixth-generation Camaro debuted on May 16 at Detroit's Belle Isle to much fanfare. The four-seat 2016 Camaro features a lighter, leaner and more aerodynamic body, three engine options and 70 percent of its components are brand new compared to the fifth generation Camaro.

Earlier this week, GM announced plans to spend $1.2 billion to upgrade its Fort Wayne, Indiana production plant to help increase pickup truck production.

The automaker has set aside $5.4 billion to improve 40 facilities across the U.S., which will help retain 2,500 jobs.

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