GM Investing $109M In Flint, Bay City Facilities 5-13-2011 - WNEM TV 5

GM Investing $109M In Flint, Bay City Facilities 5-13-2011

General Motors officials announced Friday the company would invest a total of about $109 million in Flint and Bay City plants as part of the eight-state hiring blitz the automaker announced on Tuesday.
Both Flint Engine and Bay City Powertrain build parts for the automaker's top-selling Chevrolet Cruze compact and its extended-range electric car, the Chevrolet Volt.
The investment will protect or add 96 jobs at the two sites.
“This investment marks the second major increase in engine and engine component output in less than six months - a sign that GM is moving quickly to meet growing demand for more fuel-efficient cars,” said Terri Burden, Flint Engine Operations plant manager.

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In November 2010, GM announced plans to invest $151 million and protect 143 jobs at the Flint and Bay City plants. The latest investment is part of a $2 billion investment to create or retain more than 4,000 hourly and salaried jobs at 17 facilities in eight states.
“I am very excited on behalf of all of our employees here at the Bay City Plant about our announcement today and very thankful for the cooperation and support from the community,” said Joe Mazzeo, Bay City plant manager.
The Ecotec 1.4-liter turbocharged engine for the Chevrolet Cruze Eco model helps achieve segment-leading EPA estimated 42 highway mpg.
The 1.4-liter naturally aspirated engine enables range extension for the Chevrolet Volt electric car. After the battery is depleted, the on-board engine-generator creates additional electricity to power the car for hundreds of additional miles.
Later this year, the 1.4-liter engine will be installed in the Chevrolet Sonic, which will be built at GM’s assembly plant in Orion Township.
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