General Motors has announced plans to invest $918 million in four US manufacturing plants, including $854 million to prepare these facilities to produce the company’s sixth generation Small Block V8 engine and an additional $64 million in Rochester, New York and Defiance, Ohio for castings and components to support EV production.
These investments will enable the company to strengthen its full-size truck and SUV business, and continue to support the company’s growing EV product portfolio. GM’s US manufacturing operations include more than fifty assembly, stamping, propulsion, and component plants, and parts distribution centres across the US, and highlight the company’s commitment to continue providing customers with a strong portfolio of ICE vehicles, while continuing to accelerate its transformation to an all-electric future.
“Today we are announcing significant investments to strengthen our industry-leading lineup of full-size pickups and SUVs by preparing four U.S. facilities to build GM’s sixth generation Small Block V8 engine,” stated Gerald Johnson, GM executive vice president of Global Manufacturing and Sustainability. “These investments, coupled with the hard work and dedication of our team members in Flint, Bay City, Rochester and Defiance, enable us to build world-class products for our customers and provide job security at these plants for years to come.”
GM’s Flint Engine Operations in Michigan will receive $579 million to prepare the plant to assemble GM’s sixth generation family of Small Block V8 engines along with the related block, crank and head machining. Work at the facility will begin immediately, and the site will continue building the 3.0L turbo-diesel during the facility renovations. GM’s 3.0L diesel is used in a variety of light-duty truck applications.
At its Bay City GPS in Michigan, GM will invest $216 million to prepare the facility to build camshafts, connecting rods, and block/head machining supporting future V8 production at Flint Engine Operations.
Defiance Operations in Ohio will see an investment of $55 million in the Defiance facility. $47 million will be invested to prepare the facility to build a variety of block castings to support future V8 engine programmes. In addition, the investment includes $8 million to build a casting development cell for castings to support future EV strategies.
At Rochester Operations in New York, GM will invest a total of $68 million. $12 million will be invested to prepare the facility to build intake manifolds and fuel rails for future V8 production at Flint Engine Operations. In addition, the investment includes $56 million for the production of battery pack cooling lines for EV production.
“The teams in Rochester and Defiance are also leading our transformation to an all-electric future,” Johnson added. “Their flexibility to build components for both internal combustion and electric vehicles highlights why our manufacturing team is second to none.”