General Motors is investing $163.2-million in its operations in Flint and Bay City, Michigan, and Defiance, Ohio, to support engine production for the Chevrolet Volt, Chevrolet Cruze and a new Chevrolet small car to be built in the United States.
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. Bay City will increase connecting rod and camshaft production and Defiance will boost output of engine block and crankshaft castings.
The investments include: Flint Engine Operations: $138.3 million (135 jobs); Bay City components: $12.7 million (8 jobs); and Defiance castings: $12.2 million (41 jobs).
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.—Kathleen Dilworth, Flint Engine Operations plant manager
The announcement brings the total of new US investment to more than $3.3 billion, and GM has created or retained more than 8,000 jobs in 21 US plants since emerging from bankruptcy in July 2009.