General Motors invests US$100mn into US manufacturing plant
“Demand for our Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups continues to be very strong and we are taking action to increase the availability of our trucks for our dealers and customers,” said Phil Kienle, GM vice president, North America Manufacturing and Labor Relations. “We appreciate the commitment and hard work our teams display every day at work in Romulus and Bedford, and these investments reflect the importance of their efforts.”
Romulus, Michigan propulsion plant
Of the US$100mn, US$93mn will be invested into its Romulus, Michigan propulsion plant, adding machining capabilities to the plant.
GM’s Romulus plant currently builds V-6 engines and 10-speed transmissions, it originally opened in the 1970s as part of its Detroit Diesel Allison Division making diesel engines and components.
Since the 1980s when it began producing engines, the plant has produced more than 10.8mn V-8 engines and more than 6.6mn V-6 engines.
Bedford, Indiana casting operation
The remaining US$7mn will be invested into its Bedford, Indiana casting operations to increase its die casting capabilities.
Located in south central Indiana, Bedford Casting Operations is a leading aluminum die casting facility and produces transmission casings, converter housings, heads, and small gas engine blocks.
Both investments made by GM will support the increased production of its 10-speed automatic transmissions used in its Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, with work beginning immediately at both sites.