GM To Invest $20M In Bay City Powertrain Plant 8-18-2010 - WNEM TV 5

GM To Invest $20M In Bay City Powertrain Plant 8-18-2010

General Motors announced a $20 million investment in its Bay City Powertrain operations to produce camshafts for the next generation Ecotec engine, bringing new investment at the plant to $62.5 million this year.
“This specific investment results in 15 jobs at the plant, but the cumulative employment impact of these three investments is 113 people,” said GM manufacturing manager Gerald Johnson.
The Ecotec is GM’s highest volume, most-advanced four-cylinder engine program and powers vehicles like the Chevrolet Malibu and Equinox, the Buick LaCrosse and the GMC Terrain.
GM said the Ecotec engine family is known for its reliability, fuel efficiency and performance.
Bay City Mayor Charles Brunner says GM's spending at the factory shows what "a bright future" the automotive industry has.
GM said its Ecotec engines have been on the forefront of delivering leading-edge technology including direct injection, variable valve timing and turbocharging.
GM said the Bay City plant will fill its manpower requirements in accordance with a UAW-GM agreement. The new jobs will be filled with UAW members currently on layoff.
Meanwhile, GM has also announced a partnership with a Chinese company with the goal of developing fuel-efficient small engines and transmissions.
The engines will be as small as 1-liter and will provide upwards of 10 percent improvement in fuel economy while reducing CO2 emissions.
The work will be done in Detroit and at a shanghai facility.
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