CHARLOTTE, MI—Spartan Motors will build a new assembly plant at its headquarters here next year—an expansion that’s expected to create an estimated 55 new jobs. The 85,000-square-foot facility will make diesel delivery trucks.
STERLING HEIGHTS, MI—Due to low demand for compact cars in the U.S., Fiat Chrysler will keep its assembly plant here idle for another three weeks. FCA initially planned to stop production at the plant, which makes the Chrysler 200, from Feb. 1 to March 15, but the carmaker will now extend the break until April 4.
KENTWOOD, MI—ETO Magnetic Corp., a manufacturer of electromagnetic actuators and solenoids for the auto industry and industrial applications, plans to hire 15 to 20 workers after it moves into a new assembly plant here this fall.
LANSING, MI—General Motors plans to spend $1 billion in Michigan over the next 15 years while reaching a pact with the Snyder administration to cap the value of state business tax credits it receives. GM is the last of the Detroit 3 automakers to negotiate a limit on the Michigan Economic Growth Authority, or MEGA, credits first awarded in 2009 during former Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s administration.
BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP, MI—UAW-represented workers approved a new labor contract with Nexteer Automotive Corp. nearly two weeks after overwhelmingly rejecting a previous deal and engaging in a one-day strike.
REDFORD, MI—Daimler’s Trucks division is planning to invest $475 million here to develop to diesel engines for medium-duty trucks. The engine will be produced at the company’s assembly plant here, which currently employs 2,200 people. The investment will add approximately 330 new jobs.