General Motors announced Tuesday that it will invest $1 billion in U.S. plants amid pressure from President-elect Donald Trump to keep jobs in the U.S.
GM said the $1 billion investment, along with the 1,500 new jobs the company expects to create or retain in the U.S., is in addition to the $2.9 billion investment the company announced in 2016 and more than $21 billion the company has invested in the U.S. since 2009, the Detroit Free Press reported.
GM also said it will start moving axle production for its pickup trucks in the U.S., including work previously done in Mexico, to plants in Michigan. The company expects that move will create an additional 450 jobs.
The company said it plans to create a total of 7,000 new jobs over the next two or three years, including the 450 jobs on axle production, the 1,500 new jobs announced with the investment, and more than 5,000 jobs related to engineering, GM financial, and advanced technology, Reuters reported.
GM also said it plans to bring back information technology jobs that were previously outsourced to foreign countries in a move that will create 5,000 new IT jobs in the U.S. over the next few years.
“All of the decisions behind today’s announcement are good business decisions and they have been in the works for some time,” said GM spokesman Pat Morrissey. “There’s no question there is an emphasis on job creation in the U.S. right now. This was good timing for us to share what we are doing, including our ongoing commitment and track record for U.S. investment over the last several years.”
Trump congratulated GM for it’s push to bring jobs back to the U.S. Tuesday afternoon.
Thank you to General Motors and Walmart for starting the big jobs push back into the U.S.!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 17, 2017
“Thank you to General Motors and Walmart for starting the big jobs push back into the U.S.!” Trump wrote on Twitter.