Orion Assembly


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4555 Giddings Road
Lake Orion, Michigan. 48359 United States

Year Opened:


Facility Size:

4.3 million sq. ft.

Employee Information







Union Local:

UAW Local 5960

Facility Details

  • Complete assembly plant

General Motors Orion Assembly is currently producing the Chevrolet Sonic and Chevrolet Bolt EV.

Over its 32 year history, Orion team members have built more than 5.1 million vehicles for General Motors, while setting an industry record of continuous operation without a lost work day (10 million man hours, July 2008). The plant also holds the distinction of becoming the first GM facility to receive the Clean Corporate Citizen designation by the State of Michigan. The facility is located approximately 30 miles north of Detroit, Michigan. Hourly employees are represented by UAW Local 5960.

Community Involvement

  • 2012 – 2013: Actively involved in environmental initiatives within the local community, including: Adopt-A-Road, annual Electronic Waste Collection, and providing facility tours and river monitoring events with local middle school students. Donated over 500 shipping crates for the creation of urban gardens in Detroit


  • 2014: $160 million – announced plant tooling and equipment for Chevrolet Bolt EV
  • 2013: $12 million – landfill gas co-generation powerhouse with generation equipment and machinery
  • 2010: $545 million – plant retooling for Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano

Products & Production

  • Products: 
    • Chevrolet Sonic and Chevrolet Bolt EV


  • 2016: Received a 2016 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA’s annual Green Power Leadership Awards recognize the country’s leading green power users for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market.
  • 2015: Chevrolet Sonic earns 2015 TOP SAFETY PICK from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and earned J.D. Power’s Highest Ranked Appeal in sub-compact car segment
  • 2014: Buick Verano named “Best Entry-Level Luxury Car” in Kelley Blue Book’s 2014 5-Year Cost to Own Awards
  • 2014: Chevrolet Sonic named one of the “10 Best Back-to-School Cars” by Kelley Blue Book
  • 2013: Energy Star Challenge for Industry Award; Orion Assembly is one of only two GM plants worldwide to achieve this three times
  • 2012 – 2013: Chevrolet Sonic won the sub-compact segment in the J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) study
  • 2012: Chevrolet Sonic identified as a “Recommended Buy” by Consumer Reports
  • 2012: Buick Verano achieved a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • 2002 – 2014: Designated as a Clean Corporate Citizen by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) since 2002
  • 2008 – 2014: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Neighborhood Environmental Partner Award
  • 2008: J. D. Power Best in Class, Chevrolet Malibu
  • 2008: North America Car of the Year, Chevrolet Malibu

GM State Economic Impact

  • State Wages: $5,016,686,082.71
  • Income Tax: $202,769,725.11

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