A former General Motors plant in Shreveport, Louisiana, now has a new resident, says Alex Kreetzer.
The Shreveport Assembly and Stamping Plant opened in 1981, producing GM’s compact pickup trucks before introducing a new stamping facility through further expansion in 2002. Unfortunately, the plant shut down in 2012 after the last Chevrolet Colorado rolled off the line: the 8,853,693rd vehicle to be assembled at the US facility. Since 2012, the facility has stood still.
Now, the abandoned Shreveport plant will be taken over by Glovis America, a logistics business owned by Hyundai Motors, receiving its first shipment of vehicles on January 10. The 125,000 square-foot plant will deal with approximately 75,000 vehicles annually, creating 150 direct jobs during the initial states of the project and over 300 positions in total. Glovis America will invest $1 million during this first phase, a much needed investment for the region. Shreveport Mayor Ollie Tyler praised the move: “It’s so good to see activity in this plant again.”
The Shreveport plant will revitalise the former GM plant, returning lost jobs to the region, which could be the first of many new ventures. The state of Louisiana will keep its fingers crossed that this will attract other manufacturers, further rejuvenating in and around the facility.