GM To Cut More Metal
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.
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.