SPRING HILL, Tenn. – General Motors officials on Friday announced a multi-million dollar expansion at its Spring Hill plant to build the next generation of the company's Ecotec four-cylinder engine.
The company will spend $483 million to install a third engine manufacturing line to build the engines, used in mid-size crossover vehicles.
The investment will result in 483 jobs, most of which will be filled by union workers laid off when the Maury County plant went idle last November.
“This announcement is confirmation on the part of GM that Spring Hill has a role to play in the company's success,” Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen said in a statement released Friday. “The quality and productivity of GM's Tennessee workforce means it makes sense for the company to expand engine production here and we're hoping GM's growth trajectory continues.”
GM said it anticipates initial spending of $23 million to increase production of the L850 engine, used in the Chevrolet Equinox, Buick LaCrosse and GMC Terrain in the first quarter of 2011, creating 30 hourly jobs.
The remainder of the investment, $460 million and 453 hourly and salaried jobs, will come over a two-year period, the company said.
More than 1,000 workers are currently employed at the 6.9 million square foot Spring Hill facility, manufacturing three models of the Ecotec engine for GM plants around the world.
Of the 2,000 workers idled when the plant stopped producing the Chevy Traverse last year, about 800 have since relocated to GM plants in other states.
The Spring Hill plant originally opened in 1990 to manufacture vehicles for the Saturn brand.