New Camaro driving Lansing economy

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – The 6th Generation Camaro hasn’t even been in stores for a year. But it’s already making a lot of noise. The muscle car is loud. It’s sleek. And it’s racing off the lot.

“The new body style is much more athletic and muscular than it used to be…just gives you a much better grip of the road,” explains Graff Chevrolet’s Wyatt Earp, adding, “Zero to 60 in four seconds, it’s kind of fun.”

He says if he doesn’t have a Camaro on the lot, he can have one within a few days. But some people are even willing to wait two months for that perfectly customized car.

“For somebody who’s looking for a performance vehicle and an SS like this… Yeah it’s worth it.”

All of this demand meant GM needed more than its planned 500 extra workers at the Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant.

“The Camaro’s brought our second shift back and now the third shift. It’s the first time that the plant’s been fully utilized since it was brand new in 2000,” says UAW Local 652 President Mike Green.

He says adding that third shift brought the new job total to 1,100 over the past year. In the first four months of 2016, that growth was close to 75 workers each week.

“Electric in the plant.”

The third generation auto worker credits those who came before him with this industry success.

“This is the foundation of everything that’s been built here in Lansing, Michigan… None of us would be here without you.”

Green says GM recognized that skilled labor and that’s why the Camaro was reborn in Lansing.

“You empower these people to do a job. You give them to the tools and the training to do it, and they’ll never let you down.”

A well-made product like this one today means there could be even more work at the Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant for future generations.

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