GM’s newest factory in North America, the Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant, has built its 2 millionth vehicle, a 2016 Buick Enclave painted in White Frost Tricoat.
Inaugurated in 2006, Lansing Delta Township Assembly has built the Saturn Outlook, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, GMC Acadia Denali and Buick Enclave. The first vehicle built at the plant was a white Saturn Outlook, which rolled off the assembly line on May 24, 2006.
“This milestone directly reflects the dedication and hard work that our employees put into these crossovers every day,” said Mike Trevorrow, Lansing regional plant manager. “This team has established a strong foundation since opening to enable us to produce our 2 millionth vehicle in nine years, which is quite an accomplishment,” the executive added.
More than seven years after its launch, the Buick Enclave is still going strong, with 2014 sales marking a 39 percent increase over the model’s first full year of production. As of June 2015, more than 500,000 Enclaves had been sold worldwide.
“The Enclave led Buick’s product renaissance, redefining what consumers should expect from a full-size luxury crossover,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick. “It is fitting that an Enclave is the 2 millionth vehicle to roll off the line in Lansing, demonstrating continued consumer demand,” he added.
The plant, which currently employs approximately 3,200 employees on three shifts, has been receiving more than $580 million in investments over the last two years, including $63 million in 2014 to expand the plant by nearly 263,000 square feet and $520 million earlier this year for tooling and equipment to accommodate new models.