Detroit, Michigan – General Motors will invest US$163.2 million in three operations in Michigan and Ohio to support engine production for the Chevrolet Volt, Cruze and a new small car that will be built in the U.S.
The investment will protect 184 jobs at sites in Flint, Michigan; Bay City, Michigan; and Defiance, Ohio, the company said.
“This investment is essential in ensuring we can meet the expected high demand for the Chevrolet Volt, Chevrolet Cruze and a small car that will be produced at our Orion Township facility,” said Kathleen Dilworth, Flint Engine Operations plant manager. “These three facilities will continue to play a key role in GM’s resurgence and efforts to bring to market vehicles with segment-leading fuel economy.”
Flint Engine is expected to start production of 400 engines per day in early 2011 and ramp up to 800 per day later in the year, with capacity of 1,200 per day in late 2012. Bay City will increase connecting rod and camshaft production, while Defiance will boost output of engine block and crankshaft castings.