The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Thursday in a press release that a 49-year-old man has died following a brawl at General Motors’ Orion assembly plant in the town of Orion.
Steve Hooper, Sheriff’s Communications Officer, identified the victim as Gregory Lanier Robertson of Pontiac. Robertson worked at the factory for about seven months. A 48-year-old co-worker was in the custody of the Oakland County Jail.
Later Thursday afternoon, the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s office completed the autopsy report. Cas Marca, an official in the medical examiner’s office, told the Free Press that the report lists Robertson’s death as murder with the cause as “multiple injuries due to sharp force.”
The sheriff’s office confirmed that both men in the fight worked for a cleaning service hired by General Motors, but Hooper told the Free Press that his office has not released the name of that cleaning company. GM hires vendors to do the cleaning as well as some maintenance and distribute parts for the assembly line.
GM spokesman Dan Flores said the plant was closed Thursday for the investigation, but regular production would resume Friday morning and employees should report at their usual times unless their commanders were notified otherwise.
“We will begin the transformation with a discussion about the recent incident at the plant and the support services available to employees,” Flores said in a statement.
Died at the scene
“There was a fight and we have investigators on the scene. It happened at 1:37 am and there was no danger to the public,” Huber said earlier on Thursday.
Huber later described what happened in a press release:
Representatives arrived to find Robertson “unconscious and bleeding”. CPR was performed but MPs were unable to revive it. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The suspect was found on a wharf not far from Robertson’s body. “The item used in the killing has been recovered,” Huber said in the statement. The accident and possible motive are still under investigation.”
In a statement released later Thursday, Flores said GM was working with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office to investigate “an altercation between two third-party service provider employees at Orion Assembly early Thursday morning. The accident resulted in the death of one of our thinkers.” Our prayers are with the victim’s family.”
Hooper said investigators will take the case to prosecutors on Friday for possible murder charges.
Another deadly factory battles
General Motors has safety in all of its plants, including Orion Assembly, which employs approximately 1,200 people. During non-production shifts, there are usually only a few employees there such as security personnel and cleaning crew. Flores wasn’t sure if there were metal detectors at the entrances to the factory.
There have been fatal accidents at auto plants before in Michigan.
in 2017 at Ford Motor Co’s. Woodhaven Stamping Factory Jacoby Hennings, a temporary part-time employee, was involved in a dispute before shooting himself, which led to the evacuation and closure of the factory. Hennings, then 21, was from Harbor Woods.
In 1996, The media reported That Gerald Michael Atkins, then 29, was arrested after he dressed “like Rambo” and used an AK-47 to shoot his way to the Ford plant in Wixom. A manager was killed and three others were wounded.
GM’s Flores said he doesn’t remember a fatal murder at the GM plant yet. According to GM’s 2021 Sustainability Report, the automaker has had two work-related deaths at its facilities, up from one in 2020.
The future of Orion production
GM is making the Chevrolet Bolt and Bolt EUV, an all-electric SUV, in Orion on a one-day shift starting at about 6 a.m. and running until 2:30 p.m., Flores said.
GM just brought back the Bolt and Bolt EUV in April after months of shutdowns. GM stopped working at the plant late last year, so GM could focus on repairing faulty batteries as part of a global recall of 2017-22 model bolts. About 140,000 vehicles were affected in the recall because they could catch fire. There were more than ten fires, but no one was hurt.
When GM restarted the plant in April, Chevrolet leaders said that once production ramped up, electric vehicles would achieve record sales this year, exceeding 24,000 studs. During June, GM sold 7,303 screws. In the same period last year, GM sold 20,288 through June.
In January, General Motors announced that it would invest $7 billion in Michigan plants, including $4 billion to upgrade the Orion to begin building a 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV. Pick up.
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