A day after announcing that it would invest $246 million to start building electric motors in-house, General Motors made a second announcement about the issue: Baltimore would be home to that production. The Baltimore transmission plant, which is actually located in nearby White Marsh, MD, has been building the two-mode hybrid transmissions used in GM's full-size pickup trucks and SUVs since 2007.
When motor production begins in 2013, the plant will be first automaker-operated motor plant in the United States. The motors will be used in the next generation two-mode hybrid transmissions. GM is taking over design and production of the motors with the goal of optimizing performance and efficiency so that size and cost can be reduced. The addition of motor production at the White Marsh plant will create 200 new jobs there, doubling the headcount. The GM press release is after the jump.

[Source: General Motors]

PRESS RELEASE

GM Invests $246 Million in Electric Motors and Hybrid Components creating jobs in Baltimore

o Baltimore Transmission to be the first high volume U.S. electric motors manufacturing site
o Start of regular production scheduled for 2013 for next generation two-mode rear wheel drive motor
o Investment will create approximately 200 jobs


BALTIMORE – General Motors will invest approximately $246 million in electric motor and electric drive manufacturing including construction of a high volume electric drive production facility at the Baltimore Transmission plant that will begin to manufacture in 2013 electric motors for GM's Two-mode Hybrid system. The plant will be the first electric motor manufacturing facility in the U.S. operated by a major automaker.

By bringing this capability to the U.S., GM will create approximately 200 jobs. Local and state incentives, along with the Recovery Act funding announced in August 2009 by the U.S. Department of Energy, are helping to make this facility expansion and job creation possible.

"Electric motors are the engines of the future," Stephens said. "By designing and manufacturing electric motors in-house at Baltimore Transmission, we can more efficiently control the design, materials and production processes. It will also enable us to lower costs and improve performance, quality, reliability, and manufacturability of the electric motors we use in our vehicles."

Stephens also noted the importance of the new technology to the nation's and Maryland's overall economic growth.

"Electric motors are driving the next wave of automotive growth," Stephens said. "The expansion of the Baltimore plant will generate a significant influx of money and jobs into the greater Baltimore area, creating U.S.-based manufacturing jobs."

Through job retention and creation, Baltimore Transmission, which opened in 2000, will employ close to 400 people.

Nationally, including immediate project jobs, manufacturing jobs and the impact on suppliers and local communities, the investment is estimated to retain or create about 1700 jobs.

"Ultimately this expansion, its direct economic impact, its contribution to GM's capabilities, and its impact on the vehicles we drive will be a model of what a lean, energetic, creative General Motors is capable of doing and contributing, " Stephens said.

About General Motors: General Motors, one of the world's largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908. With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 204,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in some 140 countries. GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 34 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, Holden, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. GM's largest national market is the United States, followed by China, Brazil, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Italy. GM's OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. General Motors acquired operations from General Motors Corporation on July 10, 2009, and references to prior periods in this and other press materials refer to operations of the old General Motors Corporation. More information on the new General Motors can be found at www.gm.com.


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