Chrysler, GM to invest millions in Michigan, Illinois plants

Chrysler Corp. and General Motors both said Thursday they were spending a combined almost $800 million to invest in new small car production in Belvidere, Illinois and Lansing, Michigan.

Chrysler said it would spend $600 million at the Belvidere plant, retaining the 2400 jobs that are there and at a nearby stamping facility. Crain’s Chicago Business is reporting that the company is “expected to build a new generation of Fiat-based vehicles”. Work on the plant expansion, which began this summer, is expected to end 2011.

GM also said on Thursday it will spend $190 million to build a new Cadillac at its Lansing Grand River plant, adding 600 jobs and a second shift to the plant. According to the Associated Press story, the plant has 1,100 workers and already is building the Cadillac CTS and STS sedans. The jobs will be filled by laid-off GM workers.

The Chrysler plant in Kenosha, Wisconsin is on its last shift this week – it’s expected to close its doors on Friday. We reported on the story earlier this

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