GM To Rehire In Flint To Meet Engine Demand 11-23-2010 - WNEM TV 5

GM To Rehire In Flint To Meet Engine Demand 11-23-2010

General Motors announced Wednesday that it's rehiring or retaining 184 workers to make 1.4-liter, four-cylinder engines for the Chevrolet Volt electric car and Chevrolet Cruze compact.
The company said it will invest $163 million at its Flint Engine South plant, a parts plant in Bay City, Mich., and a foundry in Defiance, Ohio. In Flint, the company will rehire 135 workers; it will retain 49 jobs in Bay City and Defiance.
“This investment is essential in ensuring we can meet the expected high demand for the Chevrolet Volt, Chevrolet Cruze and a small car that will be produced at our Orion Township facility,” said Kathleen Dilworth, Flint Engine Operations plant manager. “These three facilities will continue to play a key role in GM’s resurgence.”
The jobs are in addition to the 160 people already hired at the Flint Engine South plant, which will begin making the engines early next year. The new hires will come from a pool of workers laid off earlier this fall when GM closed down a neighboring engine plant in Flint.
GM currently makes engines for the Volt and Cruze in Austria. It has invested $250 million in the Flint South plant to make the engines there. GM will be able to produce 400 engines per day initially, but will gradually increase production.
The plant has the capacity to make 1,200 1.4-liter engines per day. In another part of the plant, 400 workers make the 3.6-liter, V-6 engine used in the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, Cadillac CTS and other vehicles.
The plant will make two versions of the 1.4-liter engines: A 100-horsepower base engine for the Volt, which is electric but has the gas engine as a backup, and a 138-horsepower, turbocharged version that is offered as an option on the Cruze.
Bay City will increase connecting rod and camshaft production and Defiance will boost output of engine block and crankshaft castings.
GM's fortunes also have been improving. The company made $4.2 billion during the first three quarters of the year and pulled off an initial public stock offering last week. It, too, had to be rescued by the U.S. government. GM got a $50 billion bailout to get through bankruptcy protection.
The announcement brings the total of new U.S. investment to more than $3.3 billion, and GM says it has created or retained more than 8,000 jobs in 21 U.S. plants since emerging from bankruptcy in July 2009.
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