General Motors is investing $1.5 billion into the next generation of its midsize pickups, announcing plans for a billion-dollar expansion to its Wentzville, Missouri plant that will build the future trucks.
“Through this investment, General Motors is making a firm commitment to the State of Missouri, the City of Wentzville and the GM Wentzville team,” said Mark Reuss, GM president. “This is part of our comprehensive strategy to invest in growth areas and strengthen our U.S. manufacturing base. GM sells more pickups than any other automaker and we have aggressive plans to build on our strengths.”
The upgrades will be realized in the body shop, paint shop and general assembly areas, and will include new conveyors, machinery and controls, as well as new tooling. The move is expected to retain about 4,000 jobs at the facility.
The company has sold about 800,000 midsize pickups in North America since introducing the current generation of Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon in 2013 (the second generation of the smaller pickups). No information has yet been released about the new pickups that are due for a redesign by 2024.
The Wentzville facility also currently builds the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full sized vans.