The Wall Street Journal is reporting that General Motors Co. this week will announce plans to invest at least $1 billion across several U.S. factories, two people familiar with the plan said, a move aimed at underlining its commitment to U.S. manufacturing jobs in the wake of President-elect Donald Trump’s criticism of the auto maker’s imports from Mexico.
In an interview Monday, GM general counsel Craig Glidden declined to confirm specifics of the announcement but said any investment the company might disclose has been long planned and isn’t a response to pressure from Mr. Trump.
In the interview, Mr. Glidden said GM has added 25,000 jobs over the last four years. Of those, just 6,000 were factory workers—the type of jobs Mr. Trump typically references in his comments on trade—and the rest were engineering, information technology and other white-collar jobs. About 15,000 of those were shifted from overseas, he said.
Ford on Jan. 3 said it scrapped plans for a $1.6 billion plant in Mexico that had been the subject of frequent criticism from Mr. Trump. Ford Chief Executive Mark Fields said the decision stemmed from sagging small-car demand in the U.S., but also called it a “vote of confidence” in Mr. Trump’s economic policies.