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Romulus wins key GM engine program

General Motors has announced that it will invest US$385 million to prepare its Romulus engine plant for production of an all-new, fuel-efficient engine program, which will create around 320 jobs in the process.

The Michigan-based facility, which currently has around 840 employees on two shifts, produces a variety of V6 and V8 engines that power GM full-size vans, SUVs and pickups, including the Chevrolet Express, Silverado, Tahoe, Suburban and Colorado, GMC Savana, Sierra, Yukon, Canyon, and Cadillac Escalade. Romulus-built engines also are used for marine and industrial applications.

“Customers care about fuel efficiency and performance,” said Gerald Johnson, GM manufacturing manager. “We continue to innovate to meet both these expectations and the Romulus team will be an important part of our efforts."

Joe Ashton, UAW vice president representing the GM Department added: “The gains we achieved through collective bargaining not only help our membership, but also provide opportunities to members of the communities where GM builds vehicles.

“Today’s announcement of a new engine program for the Romulus plant will mean more good-paying job opportunities for the metro Detroit area. It shows that the members of UAW Local 163 have the skills and abilities to compete with any work force in the world.” 

The investments will support tooling and equipment upgrades. GM officials have said that details about program timing and applications for the new engine will be released as the engine nears a production start date.

 

8 November 2011


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