The hard-working autoworkers in Wentzville, MO, continue to churn out dependable GMC vehicles like the GMC Savana, amidst a struggling economy and the thousands of jobless autoworkers and parts suppliers in the area. But with a recent announcement from the General Motors Company, these autoworkers will get an additional 1,200 pairs of hands to help build a new pickup variant bound for the American market. It's a small bit of good news for a community that has waited very patiently for the American auto industry to take an upturn.
The workers at this plant just outside of St. Louis lost their night shift back in 2009, and along with it, 400 of their coworkers. These cuts weren't unique to General Motors, as several other major American car makers were forced to make tough cuts in the Wentsville area. But, in January, GMC will welcome their workers back with the help of a $380-million investment. Which leads to the even better news: those same automakers have also recently announced expansions to their Missouri plants.
This renewed investment is thanks in part to a large consumer interest in commercial vans like the GMC Savana, but is also thanks to incentives from the state of Missouri. For both parties, the news was obviously well received. GM Vice President of Labor Relations Cathy Clegg has said, "More than anything, this investment represents a vote of confidence in the plant in Wentzville."1 And for the Missouri governor Jay Nixon, the collaboration represents a bright spot for the state. Overjoyed, he explained, "Today we're here to celebrate the future of the American auto industry...the future is bright."2
Just like you and the autoworkers in Missouri, those of us here at Walser Automotive Group have waited patiently for good news like this to come down the pipeline. We invite you to join us in celebrating the advent of more all-American trucks like the GMC Sierra and the GMC Canyon by stopping in to see us at 4601American Blvd. West in Bloomington, MN 55437 dropping us a line via our website, or giving us a call at (952) 314-1390.