General Motor Co. in Detroit announced Thursday it is investing $100 million in two of its manufacturing facilities — $93 million in its Romulus propulsion plant and $7 million in its Bedford, Ind. casting operations — to support increased pickup truck production.
The Romulus investment will add machining capability, while the Bedford investment will increase the plant’s die casting capabilities, the company says. Both investments will support increased production of GM’s 10-speed automatic transmissions used in the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra light-duty, full-size pickups. Work will begin immediately at both locations.
“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,” says Phil Kienle, vice president of North America manufacturing and labor relations at GM. “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. Hourly employees are represented by UAW Local 163.
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. Most team members are represented by UAW Local 440 and IBEW Local 16.