General Motors Co. is making a new round of upgrades to its Fort Wayne Assembly plant to increase production further of the all-new Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups—especially crew cab models.
Combined sales of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 crew cab pickups, which launched in the second half of 2018, were up 20% in the first quarter of 2019 versus a year ago. GM is projecting another significant increase for the second quarter. Customer deliveries of the double-cab models built in Fort Wayne began during the first quarter.
The $24 million will be invested to further enhance the plant’s conveyors and other tooling to support the increased production. The work will be completed this summer. With this latest input, GM has invested more than $1.2 billion in the plant since 2015.
Since 2009, GM has invested $23 billion in US manufacturing.