Bay City GM Powertrain Unveils New Chevy Volt 7-15-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Bay City GM Powertrain Unveils New Chevy Volt 7-15-2010

As President Barack Obama visited Holland, Mich., earlier this week for the groundbreaking of a battery plant that will supply power cells for American-made electric cars, a local General Motors plant is showing off the new Chevy Volt.
The Chevy Volt electric car is the main reason that the General Motors plant in Bay City has a brighter future than it did a year ago.
The connecting rod and the camshaft made at the Bay City General Motors powertrain plant hold the keys to its future.
Workers will soon be busy turning out the parts for use in the Chevy Volt and Cruze. Much of their labor is centered on making the parts for the electric car.
“We're really trying to drive that excitement into the products we're making, to make sure we make a good quality camshaft and connecting rod so we can support full production and a flawless launch of the Volt,” said assistant plant manager Mark Perdine.
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At one point, more than 4,000 people worked at the GM plant in Bay City. Now fewer than 300 work at the facility. TV5 poised the question to Perdine: Will that number go up?
Management will only say it’s cautiously optimistic that more workers will be hired in the near future.
“We got some good news [over] the last several months, really this year, and it just reassures the workforce that we're going to be here for a while," said Perdine.
The public can see a prototype of the new Chevy Volt at a Chevrolet sales event going on next to the Bay City powertrain plant.
The vehicle will be displayed from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Bay City plant, 1001 Woodside Ave.
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