General Motors has announced how it will invest some of the $1 billion it allotted at the beginning of 2017, with $47 million going to manufacturing facilities in Spring Hill, Tennessee and Bay City, Michigan.
The investments will result in 230 jobs secured at the facilities, as they prepare for future product programs.
The Spring Hill Manufacturing plant in Tennessee gets $27 million of that, which will go toward building a right-hand drive version of the new GMC Acadia crossover utility vehicle (CUV) for export to Australia, where it will be sold as the Holden Acadia.
Still remembered as the birthplace of Saturn in 1990, the plant has gone under extensive retooling and stops and starts over the years before settling on its current operations that includes powertrains, stamping and moulding, as well as the assembly of the Acadia and its Cadillac XT5 sibling. It employs 4,100 people, with GM saying the move helps it retain 215 hourly and salary jobs.
The other part of the investment ($20 million) is being allocated to the GM Powertrain facility in Bay City, Michigan to support the machining operations of future engines (which the facility makes for all domestic brands — Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC).
The facility employs just 379 people, with GM saying the move allows it to retain 15 hourly jobs.