St. Catharines, Ontario – General Motors has announced an investment of $235 million in its engine plant in St. Catharines, part of a US$890 million investment that GM is making in five plants in the U.S. and Canada.
The investment will allow St. Catharines Powertrain to build the next generation of fuel-efficient engines, securing up to 400 jobs at the plant. The new engine family will exclusively use aluminum engine blocks, will be E85 ethanol capable, and are designed to meet increasingly stringent criteria emissions standards expected throughout this decade.
The investment in the five plants is expected to create or retain 1,600 jobs to produce the new generation of small-block truck and car engines. Along with St. Catharines, an engine plant in Tonawanda, New York will receive $400 million, while engine casting and component production will be supported by a $115 million in Defiance, Ohio; $111 million in Bedford, Indiana; and $32 million in Bay City, Michigan.
The investments include facility renovation and the installation of new, highly flexible engine machining and assembly equipment, and special tooling designed for manufacturing efficiency and engine quality. Investments in the casting facilities include the expansion of technologies that will result in a high degree of dimensional accuracy and material strength.