JEFFERSON CITY — General Motors officials are expected to meet with Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Thursday to discuss a $1 billion expansion project at the company’s Wentzville assembly plant.
Although details of the expansion were not immediately available, GM is expected to request a package of incentives from the state to help pay for job training and retooling at the light truck and van manufacturing facility, situated about 40 miles from St. Louis in St. Charles County.
Those incentives have already been the subject of sometimes heated political wrangling on the Senate floor, where two St. Charles County lawmakers have questioned programs backed by Parson aimed at job creation.
One of those lawmakers, Sen. Bill Eigel, R-Weldon Spring, said he was pleased to hear GM was considering making a major investment in the region.
But he said he was still waiting for details.
“It’s hard for me to comment because I’m still not sure what they need,” Eigel said.
Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake Saint Louis, said he would welcome an expansion at the plant but was skeptical about the need for additional incentive programs.
“If GM wants to invest another billion dollars in the plant in my district, I am thrilled to hear that,” Onder said. “But I really didn’t hear anything today that would require new legislation or new programs above and beyond what we have.”