General Motors said Monday it plans to invest $632 million in its Fort Wayne, Ind., assembly operation for future truck production.
The Detroit-based automaker said the investment will prepare the plant for production of “the next-generation internal combustion engine (ICE) full-size light-duty trucks,” adding that product details and timing related to future trucks are not being released at this time.
“This investment reflects our commitment to our loyal truck customers and the hard work of the dedicated Fort Wayne team,” Gerald Johnson, EVP of global manufacturing and sustainability, said in a statement.
“It also highlights the company’s commitment to continue providing customers a strong portfolio of ICE vehicles for years to come,” he said.
Johnson noted that GM’s manufacturing operations include more than 50 assembly, stamping, propulsion and component plants and parts distribution centers nationwide.
The Fort Wayne operation builds the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500. GM said the investment will support new conveyors, tooling, and equipment in the plant’s body and general assembly areas.
Hourly employees are represented by United Auto Workers (UAW) union Local 2209, according to GM.
“When business is booming as it has been for the past decade — due to the hard work of UAW members — the company should continue to invest in its workforce,” said Mike Booth, UAW VP, GM department. “It is good to see that GM recognizes the hard work you, the UAW membership, contribute to the success of this company.”
This investment comes on the heels of other investments the automakers announced earlier this month.
By Ethan Bernard, email@example.com
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