A longtime Detroit journalist confided recently that he was extremely skeptical of General Motors’ boast that its new Lansing (MI) Grand River plant is the world’s most-modern assembly plant. The $560 million plant replaces older, obsolete facilities, is more efficient and demonstrates better relations with unionized workers, GM claims. The seasoned reporter, however, recalls a similar claim made by then GM Chairman Roger Smith about the auto maker’s controversial Cadillac plant in ...

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