WARREN, Mich.—General Motors is investing $100 million in two of its manufacturing facilities—$93 million at the Romulus, Michigan propulsion plant and $7 million at the Bedford, Indiana casting operations—to boost its full-size truck manufacturing capacity, the company said in a release.
The Romulus investment will add machining capability, while the Bedford investment will increase the plant’s die casting capabilities. Both investments will support increased production of GM’s 10-speed automatic transmissions used in the award-winning Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra light-duty, full-size pickups.
“Demand for our Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups continues to be very strong and we are taking action to increase the availability of our trucks for our dealers and customers,” said Phil Kienle, GM vice president, North America Manufacturing and Labor Relations, in the release. “We appreciate the commitment and hard work our teams display every day at work in Romulus and Bedford, and these investments reflect the importance of their efforts.”
Romulus currently builds V-6 engines and 10-speed transmissions used in a variety of Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac vehicles. The plant originally opened in the 1970s as part of GM Detroit Diesel Allison Division, making diesel engines and components. The plant began to produce engines in the 1980s, and through the years, has produced more than 10.8 million V-8 engines and more than 6.6 million V-6 engines, GM said in the release.
Bedford Casting Operations is located in south central Indiana in the heart of limestone country. The plant is one of the world’s leading aluminum die casting facilities and produces transmission casings, converter housings, heads, and small gas engine blocks that are used in Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac vehicles.
General Motors said in the release that it is focused on advancing an all-electric future that is inclusive and accessible to all. At the heart of its strategy is the Ultium battery platform, which powers mass-market to high-performance vehicles.