H General Motors αφού πλέον πατά γερά στα πόδια της έχει ξεκινήσει να επενδύει πάλι στα εργοστάσια της για την ανάπτυξη νέων προσόντων. Σήμερα ανακοίνωσε ότι θα επενδύσει 109 εκατ. δολάρια (76.33 εκατ. ευρώ) για να υποστηρίξει τη παραγωγή του 1.400αρη Ecotec κινητήρα. Με την κίνηση αυτή δημιουργεί 96 νέες θέσεις εργασίας στις εγκαταστάσεις της στις πόλεις Flint και Bay City.

Στο εργοστάσιο του Flint θα επενδύσει συνολικά 84 εκατ. δολάρια (58.8 εκατ. ευρώ) ώστε να μεγαλώσει τη γραμμή παραγωγής ενώ σε αυτό του Bay City θα βάλει 25 εκατ. δολάρια (17.5 εκατ. ευρώ) ώστε να αυξήσει την παραγωγή εκκεντροφόρων και μπιελών που κατασκευάζονται εκεί για τον 1.400αρη κινητήρα. Μέχρι σήμερα η GM χρησιμοποιεί τον κινητήρα αυτό στα Chevrolet Volt και Cruze ενώ μέσα στο έτος θα τοποθετηθεί και στο Sonic, στην Αμερικάνικη έκδοση του Aveo.

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GM Investing $109 Million to Keep or Add 96 Michigan Jobs

– Flint and Bay City, Mich., get second expansion in six months
– Part of $2 billion GM will spend at 17 U.S. plants in eight states
– Supports More 1.4L Ecotec Engine Production for Chevrolet Volt, Cruze and Sonic

DETROIT – General Motors will invest $109 million in its operations in Flint and Bay City, Mich., to support engine production for current and future fuel-efficient small cars produced for the U.S. market. 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.

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.

“This additional GM investment in the Ecotec engine is a testament to all the UAW Local 599 members who have worked so hard to make the 1.4-liter engine America’s first choice,” said Terry Everman, chairman of UAW Local 599 at Flint Engine Operations.

Of the $109 million, $84 million will be used at Flint to increase 1.4-liter engine capacity. Bay City’s investment of $25 million is for connecting rods and camshafts used in the engine.

“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. “This announcement comes about in part because of our great team and the focus we place on delivering great products, an outstanding work ethic and an excellent working relationship between our union and management team.”

Said Todd McDaniel, chairman of UAW Local 362 in Bay City: “Once again General Motors has recognized the hard work and dedication of our work force at Bay City. With this most recent addition to our previous announcements, we are one step closer to filling our plant with work. I feel very confident that it is just a matter of time.”

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, Mich.