General Motors Co. officials said the automaker will spend $483 million and add 483 jobs building current- and next-generation Ecotec four-cylinder engines at its Spring Hill, Tenn., powertrain complex. That, though, said GM’s North America president, Mark Reuss is based on successful incentive negotiations with local and state officials.
“This new commitment to the Spring Hill team will help GM almost triple its North American production volume of four-cylinder engines with direct injection by 2012,” Reuss said.
The additional work is expected to bring to almost $2.9 billion the amount of new U.S. investment and 7,417 jobs that GM has created or retained in 20 U.S. plants since emerging from bankruptcy in July 2009. Employees to fill these positions will be recalled from layoff in accordance with the United Auto Workers-GM National Labor agreement.
The spending announced Sept. 17 includes $23 million that would add 30 hourly jobs to increase production beginning in the first quarter of 2011 of the current-generation Ecotec engine used in the Chevrolet Equinox, Buick LaCrosse and GMC Terrain.
The bulk of the investment – $460 million and 453 hourly and salaried jobs – is planned for the next-generation Ecotec engines.
The additional Spring Hill powertrain production follows announcements in February of $494 million for additional capacity at GM plants in Tonawanda, N.Y., Defiance, Ohio; and Bay City, Mich. Those projects are expected to result in about 550 jobs.