General Motors is committing over $45 million US to the 5.3-litre V-8 used in the company’s full-size pickups and SUVs.
The bulk of the money — $40 million — will be invested in the Spring Hill, Tennessee plant to increase plant capacity where the engines are built, while $6.7 million will go to the Tonawanda, New York, to upgrade the plant’s production systems and improve production efficiencies for the engine.
The 5.3 V-8 is available in select full-sized trucks and utilities including the Chevrolet Silverado pickup, and Suburban and Tahoe SUVs, as well as the GMC Sierra pickup.
“The Spring Hill Manufacturing team has a proven track record of successful, high quality launches, and when our products are in high demand by customers, this team is ready,” said Michael Youngs, director at the Global Propulsion Systems (GPS) plant. “This investment further solidifies GM’s commitment to our team and jobs for our community.”
The Spring Hill GPS builds three engines used in 13 GM cars, trucks and utilities. The complex is the GM’s largest facility in North America and employs over 3,700 people. GM has invested more than $2 billion in the complex since 2010, when the Saturn brand that called it home was shuttered by GM.
The $6.7 million investment in Tonawanda consists of a capital investment of $4.4 million and $2.3 million to improve efficiencies in building the 5.3 V-8. It brings investment in the plant to more than $295 million over the past five years.
“This investment helps expand our flexibility to make multiple products to meet customer demands,” said Plant Director Ram Ramanujam. “This investment builds on our reputation of consistently launching and delivering high quality, award winning engines like the 6.2-litre Gen V DFM for the Silverado, and LT2 C8 Corvette.”
The 6.2-litre LT2 engine was named one of Wards Top 10 Engines and Propulsion Systems for 2020.