Leaders of General Motors over the weekend said they have picked their Spring Hill manufacturing complex to begin making a new seven-seat Cadillac crossover.
The project calls for a $300 million investment and state officials say the decision will lead the hiring of hundreds.
GM executives detailed their plans for the Cadillac XT6 ahead of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which starts Monday. The XT6 will be built on the same platform as the GMC Acadia, one of two models already being made in Maury County. The new model will be available to order this spring and marks the latest piece of good news for GM’s Spring Hill team, which was spared from big cuts announced late last year. (GM late last week said more than 100 workers from its Lordstown, Ohio, plant will relocate to Middle Tennessee.)
“I’d like to thank GM for its continued commitment to Tennessee,” Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe said. “GM’s decision to add yet another vehicle […] to its product line in Spring Hill speaks volumes about the high-quality workforce and business climate that global businesses can find in Tennessee.”
General Motors in late November announced plans to to cut more than 14,000 white and blue collar jobs, reducing it’s amount of salaried employees by 15 percent. In addition, General Motors announced the closure of five separate plants across North America.
The announcement comes shortly after General Motors had offered a buyout to 18,000 of its salaried employees, which was described as a “cost efficiency” measure. Those plans spared operations and personnel in Spring Hill.
GM’s Spring Hill car manufacturing/assembly and engine operations employ more than 3,000 people, about 2,600 of them hourly. The plant opened in 1990 as the home of the company’s former Saturn brand.