GM invests in transmissions production upgrade

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General Motors is investing US$20m at its Romulus, Michigan, propulsion plant to increase the plant’s 10-speed transmission production capacity. The Michigan site currently builds V6 engines and 10-speed transmissions.

The investment will be used to purchase additional machining equipment. Since 2009, GM has invested more than US$880m at the Romulus plant. The plant currently employs about 1,350 people.

“Romulus has a long-standing reputation of quality, productivity and performance and we are proud of the hard work and commitment displayed by the entire Romulus team,” said GM CEO Mary Barra. “GM’s investment in Romulus will enable the plant to continue playing an important role in our core business going forward.”

The investment in Romulus follows GM’s announcement to invest US$36m at its Lansing Delta Township assembly plant for future crossover production.

The Romulus plant originally opened in 1976 as part of GM Detroit Diesel-Allison Division, making diesel engines and components. Romulus began to produce engines in the 1980s and has since produced more than 10.8 million V8 engines and more than 6.6 million V6 engines.

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