IMPROVEMENTS ARE ON THE WAY FOR FORT WAYNE ASSEMBLY THIS IS NOT A JOBS ANNOUNCEMENT NO NEW JOBS WILL BE CREATED BUT INSIDE THE PLANT TODAY, MARY BARRA EXPLAINED THAT PICKUPS ARE SELLING WELL RIGHT NOW AND THE IMPROVEMENTS WOULD HELP GET MORE CHEVY SILVERADOS AND GMC SIERRAS OUT THE DOOR 8.8 MILLION PICKUPS HAVE BEEN MADE HERE SINCE ’86 AND BARRA SAYS SHE EXPECTS MILLIONS MORE TO BE PRODUCED ((“WE’RE JUST GETTING STARTED WE STARTED WITH THE CREW CABS, NOW WE’RE DOING THE DOUBLE CABS THIS INVESTMENT ALLOWS US TO DO THAT MORE SMOOTHLY IT’S A CONTINUED INVESTMENT IN THE COMMUNITY THE MEN AND WOMEN IN FORT WAYNE DOD A GREAT JOB FOR GENERAL MOTORS THEY’RE DEDICATED THEY WORK HARD TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE PRODUCING A HIGH QUALITY TRUCK IT’S A GREAT DAY TO BE ABLE TO COME AND SAY WE’RE INVESTING EVEN MORE BECAUSE THE PRODUCT IS SO SIGNIFICANT AND WE HAVE A GREAT WORKFORCE.” )) WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE CLOSING OF THE LORDSTOWN, OHIO CHEVY CRUZE PLANT, BARRA SAYS MANY WORKERS HAVE TRANSFERRED HERE AND THERE ARE ENOUGH POSITIONS COMPANY WIDE FOR THOSE WHO LOST THEIR JOBS AND OVER RECENT RUMORS OF A POSSIBLE MERGER WITH FORD? SHE SAYS SHE WON’T COMMENT ON SPECULATION BUT DID NOTE TIMES THE COMPANIES WORKED TOGETHER IN THE PAST, LIKE DEVELOPING TRANSMISSIONS I DID TALK WITH A HANDFUL OF COMMUNITY LEADERS ABOUT THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE INVESTMENT MORE ON THAT COMING UP IN MY FULL REPORT AT SIX. CHRIS DARBY, WANE 15 NEWS