GM To Cut More Metal

General Motors is again making an investment in manufacturing capability in the U.S.

General Motors is again making an investment in manufacturing capability in the U.S. Today it announced it will be spending $494-million—yes, just short of a half-a-billion, which somehow sounds more impressive—for the production of the next-generation Ecotec four-cylinder engines.

The primary recipient of spending will be the GM powertrain plant in Tonawanda, NY. It will be receiving $425-million to obtain the capacity—meaning facility renovation, new machinery, equipment, and tooling—to produce 370,000 engines per year. It also means the creation of about 470 jobs.

 

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Current generation 2.4-liter Ecotec used in the Chevy Equinox

The powertrain plant in Defiance, OH, will be enhanced in the area of precision sand casting for the blocks with a $59-million investment. It will have the capacity for about 188,000 units per year. This will be a job add of about 80.

And the Bay City, MI, powertrain plant will begin producing the Ecotec con rod. There will be $10.5-million for capacity. There will be about 15 jobs added.

No details on the engines are available yet. But clearly, manufacturing matters at GM.