• Sep 17, 2010
General Motors has announced that it will invest a total of $483 million in its Spring Hill, Tennessee powertrain facility by 2012. The news comes as GM continues to move toward building more fuel-efficient engines. The automaker says that the next-generation Ecotec four-cylinder engine, complete with direct-injection, will be built in the Spring Hill plant. Those funds will also go toward bringing back a total of 483 workers that have been idle since last year.
In 2009, the company laid off 2,000 workers at the Spring Hill facility as part of its restructuring efforts, though 800 of those individuals relocated to other GM plants around the country. Even so, that didn't do much for the economy in Maury County, Tennessee. According to the Associated Press, the locality has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state – 14.5 percent in July.

Until now, the future of the Spring Hill plant had been more than a little uncertain. The facility was originally designed to produce Saturn vehicles, but was reworked to produce the Chevrolet Traverse to the tune of $600 million. GM then pulled Traverse from the plant last year.

[Sources: Associated Press via Google, General Motors]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Great. A red state getting jobs made available by bailouts to the auto industry. Where are the tea partiers now? They should go protest in front of the plant with workers filing by.
        • 4 Years Ago
        How about we not try to incite a political pissing match, eh?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh Luis, being an idiot as always!

        I have to admire your reliabiltiy =P
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here's your feel good, positive economic news story for the month, enjoy. lol.

      Anyway, good to see that GM is hiring and not firing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree--but after all I've been reading about Detroit, Cleveland, Buffalo etc, (the "rust belt" )-having empty plants and high unemployement, it seems to me Tennessee is the wrong place to hire more people!
      • 4 Years Ago
      It cracks me up when someone bad mouths the unions. It would be my guess that they will work until theyre 65/70 at least because the companies they work for pay low wages. Then the company will leave the area, disband or fire them for some bogus reason just so they dont get enough seniority to retire. So they continue to move from job to job with no job security having to work til they drop. Its sour grapes and jealousy is all it is. No cojones to stand up and say we are the ones doing the work, making the product and making the company money. Theyll let the owners and management suck the lifes blood out of the company and leave the employees in the dust. Do you think unions just developed because some thugs got together and wanted some payola?? Do some research. Find out why and where the unions started. Look at what FORD did to those guys on the 1st assembly line and find out how/why unions came into being before you run your yap and expose your inexperience. You guys crack me up. the establishment has you right where they want you.. DONT BE A SUCKER!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        LOL tipicl lazy but union coment here. i have never seen a union man yet that was worth a crap, they are all lazy big mouth do nothing but call those that really do work hard scabs ect ect, i have relitives who are just like you union lovers and the other relitives that arent union, get talked about and made fun of, so i want no part of your ideas or your union BS. also the unions of yester year isnt what the unions are today, the unions of today are nothing but lies decit and money crubing HOGS, i know my hubby has relitives that talk about him becuse he is the only family member that isnt a union butt kisser such as your self, so take you union and stick it where the sun doesnt shine, they have no place in todays world due to they have lost all the reasons, they were needed to begain with, and also forgot where they came from. your a good ecample of this by your post. my vote goes for FORD. they buld the better truck, and cars, than GM. plus treat their employes better than GM. and yes i also am old enough to know all about the union guys getting shot out side of the ford plant back in the day as well. are you? by your post i think your not to bright as to what your union really stands for today. and it sure doesnt represent you or your working security or work place.
        • 4 Years Ago
        By the way Ms. I only by American nameplated automobiles. I look for and try to buy everything I can that is made in America BY AN AMERICAN NAMEPLATED COMPANY. This business that just because foreign automakers build cars here its OK to buy them is very bad, the absoloute WORST, for our economy. You make a car in less than 18 hours. If it takes you longer than that you will not survive. So essentialy you are paying 2 Americans to work on the car for that 18 hours and make their hourly wage. Then you get a loan for the big money and it then goes out of our economy weakening it and into the banks and company of the foreign economy strengthening it. Japan said at the end of WWII that they couldnt beat us on the battlefield but the would beat us financialy and with help from naive uninformed apathetic people like you they have been and will continue to be very successful at ruining our economy and strengthening theirs.
        • 4 Years Ago
        By the way Ms. I only by American nameplated automobiles. I look for and try to buy everything I can that is made in America BY AN AMERICAN NAMEPLATED COMPANY. This business that just because foreign automakers build cars here its OK to buy them is very bad, the absoloute WORST, for our economy. You make a car in less than 18 hours. If it takes you longer than that you will not survive. So essentialy you are paying 2 Americans to work on the car for that 18 hours and make their hourly wage. Then you get a loan for the big money and it then goes out of our economy weakening it and into the banks and company of the foreign economy strengthening it. Japan said at the end of WWII that they couldnt beat us on the battlefield but the would beat us financialy and with help from naive uninformed apathetic people like you they have been and will continue to be very successful
      • 4 Years Ago
      I used to live in Maury County. I'm so glad I left that town. Best decision I ever made was leaving. When the U. S. economy was in its prime that county still had near 15% unemployment. If you actually found work, the pay barely covered a cost of living .The Police were crooked and had free rein to harrass anyone they wanted too. I feel bad for some people that are still stuck there.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Up in East Tenn,..the situation is about the same....
        You either work at Eastman Chemicals,health care,govt job or
        minimum wage.
      Walter H. Polk
      • 4 Years Ago
      It is nice to see those jobs created, I consider it a waste because GM is 60% owned by the US government or taxpayers and it probably will not last five years before folding due to lack of sales and the cost of operating.GMs' days are numbered.Short time!!!!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Do each of the employees make a million dollars? It isn't so far fetched considering the unions lol.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It cracks me up when someone bad mouths the unions. It would be my guess that they will work until theyre 65/70 at least because the companies they work for pay low wages. Then the company will leave the area, disband or fire them for some bogus reason just so they dont get enough seniority to retire. So they continue to move from job to job with no job security having to work til they drop. Its sour grapes and jealousy is all it is. No cojones to stand up and say we are the ones doing the work, making the product and making the company money. Theyll let the owners and management suck the lifes blood out of the company and leave the employees in the dust. Do you think unions just developed because some thugs got together and wanted some payola?? Do some research. Find out why and where the unions started. Look at what FORD did to those guys on the 1st assembly line and find out how/why unions came into being before you run your yap and expose your inexperience. You guys crack me up. the establishment has you right where they want you.. DONT BE A SUCKER!!
        jdee
        • 4 Years Ago
        bet you wished you could make those wages,,,, playa hater..... long live the UNION..... for the working man.... an honest days wage for an honest days work......
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm curious to see what GM can do with the Ecotec.

      Engine technology is getting more efficient and powerful - NA 2.4 liters with 200 horse power, etc

      Exciting times for car enthusiasts :D
        • 4 Years Ago
        I had an 06 Cobalt with the 2.2 (back when they rated them at 148/152 or whatever) and that thing was pretty quick, considering.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have a G5 (the car not the plane, shuddddder!) and the only decent thing about it is the 2.2 ECOTEC under the hood. 145 hp and 155 lb·ft, not bad at all.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The #1 thing they can do is bring the remarkable LNF engine to a broad market. It's already a wonderful engine that sets a standard for the industry (a little less now that it's 3 years old) but they just never made enough of them because they only offered it as a premium engine in a few cars.
      terry
      • 4 Years Ago
      GO BAMA............
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