By Mike Rush
Wentzville, MO (KSDK) - The governor calls it the latest step in the rebirth of the American auto industry and it's happening in Wentzville.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and others broke ground for a huge, multi-million dollar expansion at the General Motors plant in St. Charles County Monday morning.
Just a few years ago, GM was in the middle of bankruptcy, now the company is pouring $380 million into expanding the plant.
It means a new vehicle coming off the assembly line and more than a thousand new jobs.
The groundbreaking at the Wentzville facility represents the start of the project to add a half a million square-foot expansion.
It will help GM house its new production line for a redesigned mid-size Colorado pickup truck.
And General Motors says the expansion will also create or retain about 1,200 jobs.
The plant manager says this growth is good for the entire region.
"It's going to be a huge boon. You know, it's going to be an investment by the corporation into the community but as well the workers are going to be spending their money here," said GM Wentzville Plant Manager John Dansby. "So we're going to see a lot of growth relative to revenues and the businesses around here are going to prosper because we're growing."
At the start of the year, GM added back a second shift they did away with in 2009. That meant adding back 400 workers.
Once the Colorado production starts in 2014, the workforce will be more than 3,000.