GM Shuts Down Orion Plant Thursday After Man Killed in Early Morning Fight

Police say one man is in custody and another man is dead after an early morning fight.

byAaron Cole| PUBLISHED Aug 11, 2022 11:07 AM
GM Shuts Down Orion Plant Thursday After Man Killed in Early Morning Fight
Pre-production for the all-new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is underway. Chevrolet Bolt EV engineers are working alongside GM’s Orion Township, Mich. assembly plant workers to finalize testing of plant tools and processes in preparation for the for start of retail production at the end of this year. “We’re at another critical and important point in the development of the Bolt EV,” said Josh Tavel, Bolt EV Chief Engineer. “We’ve moved from working in math and building cars by hand to building Bolt EV’s on the line. We’re now testing the tooling used in the plant so that we deliver high quality 200-plus mile EV that our customers are eagerly anticipating.”.

One man is dead and another man is in jail after a deadly fight between coworkers at the General Motors Orion Assembly facility early morning Thursday, the Oakland County Sheriff's Office said.

The Oakland County Sheriff's Office identified the dead man as Gregory Lanier Robertson, 49, of Pontiac, Michigan.

Oakland County Sheriff's Office spokesman Steve Huber said the man in custody, who is 48 years old, could be charged with homicide Friday. Robertson worked for a cleaning service hired at the Orion Assembly facility for about seven months, according to the sheriff's office. Workers at the plant were told not to show up Thursday while investigators gathered evidence. Investigators said they recovered a weapon they say was used in the slaying but did not specify what that was.

Orion Assembly is the facility where GM builds its Chevy Bolt EV and EUV electric vehicles. The facility has been open since 1983 and employs more than 1,200 workers at its 4.3 million square foot facility. Orion is one of GM's most important assembly facilities and will produce the electric Chevy Silverado EV and GMC Sierra EV pickups.