The automaker has also hired a former judge who oversaw legal compliance at Daimler AG in the wake of a bribery scandal there.
Automaker expects trucks to hit roads before driverless cars.
New facility will create 1,300 jobs.
Electric vehicle partnership not affected.
Michael Brech said he supports the United Auto Workers’ efforts to gain recognition at the plant.
Automaker looks to increase its footprint in the fast growing Chinese car market.
German automaker will invest $224 million to build the plant that is expected to start up in 2016.
Communist government promoting auto manufacturing, but still fine-tuning policies to encourage smaller, fuel-efficient vehicle sales.
Automakers sold 2.8 million cars in January and February, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers reports.
German automaker will spend $875 million for a 12% stake in BAIC Motor.
Layoffs expected just a year after the truck-maker recalled 1,100 workers at its Cleveland plant.