Wentzville, Missouri – With the horn honked and the gas pressed, the next generation of mid-duty trucks rolled off the assembly line at GM’s Wentzville plant.
Lamar Rucker, executive director of the plant, said: “So it’s not just a celebration of plants, it’s a celebration of community.”
Rucker says it’s disappointing to see the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon hit the market on time, despite the global pandemic and chip shortages.
“The team did a great job of overcoming all these challenges because they wanted the best launch GM had ever seen,” Rucker said. “I think they did a very good job getting us there.”
“To me, our employees are probably the best in the company,” said Dale Avelit, chairman of United Auto Workers Local 2250.
“General Motors turned to us by providing $1.5 billion to invest in factories to bring this product to market.
More than 4,000 local employees work hard to reach this goal, and both believe they have proven to the company and the community what the Wentzville plant is all about.
“We understand our importance and people understand that this is their job security,” Rucker said. “Having this truck is a guarantee of employment for them, as we continue to strive to position ourselves to keep getting more and more new jobs here. ”
“To secure the future of our factories, cities, counties and states, please commit now to getting some kind of EV product here,” said Averitt.
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