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Glenn Stevens Joins WILS’s Dave Ackerly to talk about President Biden’s Visit to GM’s Factory Zero

On Nov. 18, Glenn Stevens Jr., executive director of MICHauto, was joined WILS’s Dave Ackerly to President Biden’s visit to totally remolded GM Factory Zero. Glenn discussed the history of the plant and what the President’s speech meant for Michigan’s automotive industry.

“Today’s announcement is good for Michigan, good for Michigan businesses, and another sign that Michigan’s signature automotive industry is the global leader in innovation,” said Stevens. “President Biden and GM’s Mary Barra highlighted the importance of the American worker and ingenuity, and MICHauto is proud to work with industry leaders to ensure our state is at the epicenter of 21st-century talent.”

While celebrating the opening of Factory Zero, President Biden promoted the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The President celebrated industrial innovation in green technology and argued it could all be done without increasing inflation or veering into significant debt.

“We’re going to make sure that the jobs of the future end up here in Michigan, not halfway around the world,” he said. “Here in Detroit, we’re going to set a new pace for electric vehicles. This is not hyperbole. It’s a fact.”

GM has committed to a future of electrification, dedicating $35 billion to electric and autonomous vehicle development and planning to launch 30 EVs globally through 2025. The automaker aims to have an all-electric light-vehicle portfolio by 2035.