On February 19, 2019, GM announced that it would spend $ 20 million in its Romulus plant to buy new machinery to increase the production of 10-speed transmissions. (Photo11: John F. Martin, General Motors)
The General Motors Co. engine plant in Romulus is the latest to receive a multi-million dollar injection of funds.
The automaker announced Tuesday that it would spend $ 20 million in its GM Propulsion plant on Ecorse Road to buy new machines to increase the production of 10-speed transmissions. Mary Barra, President and Chief Executive Officer of GM, stopped at the company's Lansing Delta Assembly plant for Announces $ 36 Million Planned Investment to Produce Popular Crossover Vehicles
Monetary injections are the latest in a series of plant improvements announced this year. GM is gearing up to pull the products and put four US factories unused and one in Canada, where unprofitable vehicles are being built.
As Monday 's investment in Lansing, Romulus' s money serves to increase the production of some of the most profitable vehicles in the business. The automaker builds V-6 engines and 10-speed transmissions at Romulus for various GM cars, trucks and crossovers.
GM opened the Romulus plant in 1976 and has built many engine and transmission components there. The factories GM expects to idle this year mainly build sedans or small cars, although its Baltimore plant builds recovery transmissions. The automaker has job offers across the country, except for 100 of the 2,800 factory workers who will be inactive, although these jobs are not always nearby. Meanwhile, the automaker began this month to lay off 4 250 employees.
GM will withdraw production from its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant effective March 1st. His Lordstown complex is expected to be destroyed at about the same time. The Baltimore operations will be inactive April 1 and Warren Transmission on August 1, according to the company. The GM plant in Oshawa, Ontario, is expected to be shut down in the fourth quarter of this year.
Barra said Monday that the payroll layoffs were "largely complete" and that the company is moving forward now.
"It's about making sure people understand why we've made tough decisions and we're moving forward now," she said. "And that's what everyone is committed to doing."
Barra said Monday that GM is continuing to "explore options" for its Lordstown plant, although the automaker is moving forward on its plans to "deallocate" the product of the facility in early March.
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