In a move that will reportedly create 1,400 new jobs, General Motors has announced plans to invest $500 million in Lordston, Ohio, where it will manufacture the fuel-efficient Chevy Cruze.
For GM, it's part of its move away from gas-guzzling SUVs and toward fuel-efficient smaller cars. The Cruze, which will be unveiled in October, is to get about 40 mpg.
These are the type of green collar jobs politicians talk about when they envision an economy that is more energy-efficient and fueled by means other than fossil fuels.
That's not to say this is a story without pain. As GM has shuttered SUV plants, workers have lost jobs lots of them.
No one said the transition would be easy. Or, at least, no honest person should have.
But GM's investment in this small car plant shows that big U.S. companies can make new investments that create jobs as the economy's energy underpinnings change.
As they used to say, what's good for General Motors...
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