GM's Lansing Plant Builds 1 Millionth Cadillac

Some 12 years after its grand opening in late 2001, General Motors’ Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant in Michigan rolled out its 1 millionth Cadillac model, which happened (?) to be the all-new 2014 CTS sedan that goes on sale this October.

Along with manufacturing all three generations of the CTS from the beginning of its introduction in 2002, the Lansing plant also assembles Cadillac’s newest addition to the range, the ATS compact executive saloon, with the cars exported to 11 countries worldwide, according to GM.

“One million Michigan-made Cadillacs is a great milestone for Lansing and for luxury car-building in America,” commented Bob Ferguson, senior vice president Global Cadillac. “Lansing Grand River is an essential ingredient of Cadillac’s growth. It is a benchmark for luxury car manufacturing in North America, which takes another step forward today with the launch of the new CTS.”

The 2.5 million square foot Lansing facility employees 1,541 workers divided among two shifts, with GM having invested $190 million for the production of the Cadillac ATS and $88 million for the new CTS over the past three years.

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Cadillac/Lansing Grand River Plant ExportsFirstCadillacATS01.jpgFirstCadillacATS02.jpgFirstCadillacATS03.jpgFirstCadillacATSVehicles01.jpgFirstCadillacATSVehicles02.jpgFirstCadillacATSVehicles03.jpgCadillac-1-Million-8Cadillac-1-Million-9Cadillac-1-Million-11General Motors explained the use of C-Flex technology at its Lansing Grand River Assembly plant Friday, Dec. 13, 2002. C-Flex and other technologies are allowing GM to reduce assembly size by 50,000 to 150,000 square feet and will allow GM to save up to $100 million each time it renovates a plant body shop. GM's C-Flex technology allows for various sheet metal parts to be welded from the same set of tools and robots. The C-Flex units are the cylindrical units visible at the bottom lower left and lower right of the picture.

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