GM Announces $600-million Manufacturing Investment

That’s a $600-million investment announcement that took place within a three-day period, from Friday to Monday.

That’s a $600-million investment announcement that took place within a three-day period, from Friday to Monday.

Last week General Motors announced a $215-million investment in its Saginaw Metal Casting Operations. That’s as in Saginaw, Michigan. Metal casting is a demanding job, one that is generally not on the agenda when people are touring automotive facilities. Metal casting is also essential. At Saginaw they’re casting aluminum engine blocks and heads for vehicles including the Buick LaCrosse and the Chevy Malibu.

They have expertise in this at Saginaw. They’ve been at it since 1919.

As Diana Tremblay, GM’s global chief manufacturing officer, put it, “We look forward to continuing our long and proud heritage of in-house casting for key components. We believe these operations really enhance our ability to provide more fuel-efficient engines to our customers around the globe.”

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GM global chief manufacturing officer Diana Tremblay announcing $215-million investment at Saginaw Metal Casting. (Photo: John F. Martin for GM)

Yesterday General Motors announced a $385-million investment in its Romulus Engine Plant. That’s as in Romulus, Michigan. At Romulus today they’re building V6 and V8 engines that are used in GM’s full-size vans, SUVs, and pickups. Some of the engines built there are also used in marine and industrial applications.

This new investment is for tooling and equipment upgrades that will provide the means to produce what GM describes as “an all-new, fuel efficient program.”

As Gerald Johnson, GM manufacturing manager, put it, “Customers care about fuel efficiency and performance. We continue to innovate to meet both these expectations and the Romulus team will be an important part of our efforts.”

Yes, domestic manufacturing matters to GM.