The Presidential Planner: Obama, Lee Visit GM Plant in Detroit

Oct 14, 2011 9:55am

President Obama will spend today with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak in Michigan where he will tout his bailout of the auto industry and highlight trade between the two countries at a General Motors facility outside Detroit. 

The Orion Township assembly plant makes the Chevrolet Sonic, the only subcompact car sold in the United States that is also built here. The Sonic was originally engineered for GM Korea, but is now being assembled in Michigan. 

During GM’s bankruptcy restructuring, the plant was scheduled to shut its doors. The subcompact joint venture with GM Korea saved the Orion plant and its 1,750 jobs, according to the White House.

The visit comes two days after Congress passed the long-delayed trade agreement with Korea, a deal that Lee praised Thursday as a “landmark” pact that will create jobs in both countries. 

The two leaders will tour the plant today and deliver remarks. Obama will return to the White House this afternoon.

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