Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (C) is joined by representatives of General Motors and leaders from General Motors' Wentzville Assembly Plant, for the official groundbreaking of a $380 million expansion project on May 21, 2012.
Credit (Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio)
A Chevrolet Express van nears completion on the assembly line in Wentzville, Mo. in 2009. Today plans were announced to expand the facility.
General Motors broke ground on Monday for a new $380 million expansion to its Wentzville Assembly Plant.
When GM declared Chapter 11 in 2009 the Wentzville plant was subject to talks of being shut down. Few people envisioned a day like today when the company would be adding 500,000 square feet to Wentzville.
The company says the move will create some 1,000 new jobs, with priority given to workers from the soon-to-be closed plant in Shreveport, La.
Updated 4:50 p.m. with comments from Nixon, company and union officials, and employees.
The General Motors plant in Wentzville, Mo. got some welcome news this morning.
A $380 million investment in the plant, negotiated into the latest contract between GM and the United Auto Workers, means the Chevrolet Colorado will be built at the St. Charles County plant beginning some time next year.
General Motors can move forward on a proposed $380 million expansion of its plant in Wentzville, now that a union has approved local work rules for the plant. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that members of United Auto Workers Local 2250 approved the four-year local work rules contract on Thursday. GM has said the expansion will create up to 1,850 jobs for the region. GM plans to build a new mid-size pickup at Wentzville as part of the expansion.
The United Auto Workers announced Tuesday that GM plans to invest $380 million and bring more than 1,800 jobs to its Wentzville plant as part of a proposed contract with the union.
Mayor Paul Lambi says he's hoping the union will ratify the contract on Monday.
"The announcement made by the UAW seems to be a positive indication that contract negotiations went well," said Lambi. " And it seems to me that I would expect that contract to be approved and ratified."
Gov. Jay Nixon says he is strongly encouraged by news that General Motors may expand its factory in the eastern Missouri city of Wentzville.
The United Auto Workers said Tuesday that GM plans to invest $380 million and bring 1,850 new jobs to the Wentzville plant as part of a proposed contact deal with the labor union. Plans call for the addition of a second shift to produce full-size vans. The factory also would start making a midsize pickup truck.