In preparation for production of the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and Volt, General Motors announced it will investmore than$230 million in four plants around Flint, Michigan, to build components for the two vehicles.
The four GM plants to be updated include Flint Engine South, Flint Metal Center, Flint Tool and Die Center, and Grand Blanc Weld Tool Center. Functions at the plants will include development of automated equipment and tooling for the two vehicles’ assembly plants, creation of dies and stampings for body panels and various components, and assembly of key powertrain components. Final assembly of the Volt will be performed at the Hamtramck, Michigan, plant, and the Cruze will be assembled at the facility in Lordstown, Ohio.
GM will invest the largest portion of the $230 million ($202 million) in the Flint Engine South plant. This facility will be responsible for building both the Volt’s 1.4-liter normally aspirated I-4 “generator” and the Cruze’s 1.4-liter turbocharged unit. Roughly $30 million is going to the Grand Blanc Weld Tool Center to build robotic welding tools that will help assemble the Volt’s body structure. A total of $1.6 million will be invested in the Flint Metal Center, and the remainder will be allocated to the Flint Tool and Die Center.
Source: Automotive News