Back in May GM announced it would invest $2 billion to upgrade 17 facilities in eight states. Last friday GM announced that almost two and a half percent of that amount – $47 million – will be invested in its Defiance powertrain plant in Ohio. The powertrain plant was upgraded last year so it could build Ecotec 1.4-liter engine parts.
GM says it needs to purchase more tooling and equipment for the Ecotec 1.4-liter because of “the growing demand for fuel-efficient vehicles, such as the Chevrolet Cruze, Volt, and the upcoming Sonic,” GM Manufacturing manager Arvin Jones said Friday. “The products produced here will help our customers deal with rising fuel prices.”
GM is addressing both the entry-level as well as the performance and truck segments with this latest investment, as tooling and equipment is also being purchased to produce parts for GM’s highly-anticipated next generation of small-block V-8 car and truck engines.
“We appreciate the tremendous support we have received from the Defiance community over the years,” said Jones. “This investment is possible because of the teamwork between GM, the UAW, the Defiance community, and the great State of Ohio.”
The 63-year-old plant currently employs 1277 people who produce 5.8 million parts annually.
Source: General Motors