Magna building new Michigan plant to manufacture battery enclosures for GM’s new GMC Hummer EV

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Automotive contract manufacturer Magna has commenced construction on a new manufacturing facility in the US that will build complex battery enclosures for GM’s all-new 2022 GMC Hummer EV.

Named Magna Electric Vehicle Structures, the new 32,000 sqm facility in St. Clair, Michigan represents more than a $70 million investment that is expected to begin production in early 2022.

John Farrell, President of Cosma International, Magna’s body and chassis group, said the plant will produce these advanced assemblies in steel, aluminium, and multi-material configurations, including lightweight composites, to meet the individual needs of its customers.

“Bringing this new battery enclosure technology to market is another example of Magna’s ability to deliver a full-system solution to automakers supporting their focus on a lower emissions future,” Mr Farrell said.

“The move toward electrification allows us to rethink what is possible and demonstrate how we can leverage our core strengths to continue bringing customers innovative solutions that help them meet their goals, no matter how challenging.”

Governor Gretchen Whitmer said the investment is expected to bring more than 300 jobs to the city of St. Clair over the next five years.

“This investment by Magna will create great jobs for our state’s talented workforce as we continue to implement our Michigan Back to Work plan to get Michiganders back on their feet,” Ms Whitmer said.

“This announcement reaffirms Michigan is transforming along with the automotive industry to ensure the next generation of mobility and electrification is designed, developed, tested, and built right here in our state.”

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