SPRING HILL, Tenn., and TONAWANDA, N.Y. — General Motors Co. is investing $40 million in its Spring Hill Global Propulsion Systems (GPS) plant to increase capacity of the 5.3L V8 engines for GM’s full-size truck and SUV programs. The automaker is also investing $6.7 million in its Tonawanda Engine Plant to upgrade the plant’s production systems, the company said in separate releases in January.
General Motors’ Spring Hill GPS facility currently produces three engines that power 13 of General Motors’ cars, trucks, and crossovers. The 5.3 V8 engine with Dynamic Fuel Management is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. This engine variant is available for select full-size trucks and SUVs, including Chevrolet’s Silverado, Tahoe. and Suburban, as well as the GMC Sierra.
“This investment further solidifies GM’s commitment to our team and jobs for our community,” said Michael Youngs, GPS plant director, in a company release. “The Spring Hill Manufacturing team has a proven track record of successful, high quality launches, and when our products are in high demand by customers, this team is ready.”
The investment adds to the previously announced $22 million investment in Spring Hill GPS made in early 2019, and contributes to the more than $2 billion invested in the Spring Hill Manufacturing complex since 2010, the release said.
GM Spring Hill Manufacturing began operations in 1990 and has since produced more than 6 million engines and 4.5 million vehicles. Spring Hill Manufacturing is the largest GM facility in North America.
General Motors’ total investment in its Tonawanda Engine Plant includes $4.4 million in capital investment and $2.3 million in project expense to improve efficiencies in producing the 5.3L V8 engine used in full size trucks, GM said in the release.
“Tonawanda Engine Plant’s talented and engaged workforce continuously strives to help our plant succeed. This investment helps expand our flexibility to make multiple products to meet customer demands,” said GM Tonawanda Plant Director Ram Ramanujam, in the release. “This investment builds on our reputation of consistently launching and delivering high quality, award winning engines like the 6.2L Gen V DFM for the Silverado, and LT2 C8 Corvette.”
The news follows an announcement that more than 30 employees were moved from temporary to full-time employment earlier in the month.
“These are great, experienced employees. Their conversion to regular full-time status will help create more engaged and motivated teams in our plant, which is foundational to improving job satisfaction, health, and safety, and the quality of our products for our customers,” said Ramanujam.