Ahead of Thanksgiving, GM Announces $163 Million Plan To Save 164 Jobs

Ayinde O. Chase – AHN News Editor

Detroit, MI, United States (AHN) – Some General Motors workers and their families have extra reason to be thankful this Thanksgiving holiday. The automaker announced a $163.2-million investment in its operations in Flint and Bay City, Michigan, and Defiance, Ohio, to support engine production of three of its models and protect 184 jobs at three sites.

“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.”

The announcement brings the total of new U.S. investment to more than $3.3 billion, and GM has created or retained more than 8,000 jobs in 21 U.S. plants since emerging from bankruptcy in July 2009.

The investments include:

• Flint Engine Operations: $138.3 million and 135 jobs

• Bay City components: $12.7 million and eight jobs

• Defiance castings: $12.2 million and 41 jobs

The investments will be used to support increased production of the Ecotec 1.4-liter engine that is used in the Chevrolet Cruze and a 1.4L variant used in the Chevrolet Volt. Flint Engine is expected to start production of 400 engines a day in early 2011 and ramp up to 800 engines a day in late 2011. The newest investment increases its capacity to 1,200 a day in late 2012.

In the last two years, GM has invested nearly $700 million and protected more than 600 jobs at the three facilities.

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