Saturday, 6 June 2015

GM invests for future engine growth

General Motors is to invest $119 million in tools and equipment to support production of future vehicle components at its Grand Rapids, Michigan operations, creating approximately 300 future jobs.
The plant currently has approximately 500 employees on three shifts and produces a variety of precision-machined automotive engine components used in Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles.

Details about programme timing and applications will be released later.

“This investment in the future recognizes the excellent workforce at Grand Rapids Operations” said GM North America manufacturing manager Scott Whybrew. “It also demonstrates GM’s collaboration with our UAW partners to innovate and bring tangible benefits to our customers.”

The investment in the GM Components Holdings, LLC plant is part of the $5.4 billion investment in U.S. facilities that GM announced April 30, with approximately $3 billion identified to date. The news of 300 future plant jobs represents nearly half of the 650 planned employee additions within GM.

“By working together, UAW members and GM are making a difference in communities across the United States,” said UAW vice president Cindy Estrada. “These investments represent the power of our partnership and collective bargaining to create jobs and improve competitiveness, quality and our manufacturing base in this country.”

GM Holdings was created in 2009 from the bankrupt filings of both Delphi Corporation and General Motors. It comprises Harrison Thermal Systems, Lockport, New York, —HVAC climate control systems, powertrain cooling systems; Rochester Powertrain, Rochester, New York, — engine management systems and related products; Wyoming Powertrain Systems Grand Rapids, Wyoming, Michigan, — valve train products; and Delco Electronics and Safety, kokomo, Indiana, — automotive electronics and related products. These plants manufacture components for GM and 20 other customers. products include lash adjusters, cylinder deactivation, hydraulic valve lifters, fuel injection systems and variable CAM phasing systems .

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