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GM names new manager for Lansing-area plants

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SOURCE: Lansing State Journal

General Motors Co. has named Alicia Boler-Davis the new plant manager for the Detroit carmaker’s Lansing Delta Township and Lansing Grand River assembly plants.

She will replace Randy Thayer, who is retiring Oct. 1.

Boler-Davis is coming to the Lansing area from from GM’s site in Arlington, Texas, where she was the first black woman to run one of the automaker’s assembly plants.

Boler-Davis also will oversee operations at the Lansing Regional Stamping facility adjacent to the Lansing Delta Township plant.

The incoming plant manager has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York.

Boler-Davis joined GM in 1994 as a manufacturing engineer in GM’s midsize and luxury car division in Warren. Three years later, she was named senior manufacturing engineer there. In 1998, she transferred to GM’s Detroit Hamtramck plant.

After spending two years managing various parts of the Fort Wayne, Ind. assembly plant, Boler-Davis became assistant plant manager at the Pontiac Assembly Plant in 2006. When she took over as plant manager in Arlington in 2007, she was the first black woman to hold the title within GM’s global network of manufacturing plants.

In Arlington, Boler-Davis oversees production of several SUVs, including the Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban and GMC Yukon.

In Lansing, she will be responsible for the production of the Cadillac CTS and STS sedans and CTS Sport Wagon at the Lansing Grand River plant and the crossover Buick Enclave, Saturn Outlook and GMC Acadia in Delta Township. In January, the Delta Township plant will add the Chevrolet Traverse to its portfolio.

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Written by Symphony

August 30, 2009 at 10:46 pm

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