• Jun 9, 2011

General Motors
has announced that it plans to invest $49 million in the company's Bedford, Indiana manufacturing facility. The cash will go towards purchasing the tooling and equipment necessary to build a new eight-speed automatic transmission as well as a range of small-displacement engines. GM isn't saying exactly where we can expect to see the new eight-speed auto, but we do know that the engine program will turn out four-cylinder mills from 1.0 to 1.5 liters. You can probably bet that forced induction will be part of that party, too.

The move is part of a greater $2 billion investment program currently underway, with funds headed to a number of plants, including Bowling Green, Arlington, Toledo, Bay City, Flint, Lansing and Warren.

GM says that the Bedford funds will create or retain a total of 91 jobs at the plant, which currently has 405 salaried workers. Hit the jump for the full press release.
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GM Bedford Powertrain to Get $49 Million Investment

Investment will create or retain 91 jobs to support new transmission, engine programs

BEDFORD, Ind. – General Motors will invest $49 million to purchase tooling and equipment for the Bedford powertrain plant to produce components for a recently announced 8-speed transmission and a future small engine program. The investment will create or retain 91 jobs.

"The all-new 8-speed transmission will improve fuel economy in a number of future vehicles," GM Manufacturing Manager Arvin Jones said Wednesday. "And, the new gasoline engine, which will be offered in displacements from 1.0 liters to 1.5 liters, is key to fuel economy leadership in the small four-cylinder engine segment."

The Bedford announcement is part of the $2 billion in U.S. investment that GM communicated for 17 facilities in eight states on May 10. Facilities in Bowling Green, Ky.; Arlington, Tex.; Toledo, Ohio; and Bay City, Detroit, Flint, Lansing and Warren, MI also received investments that will positively impact employment. This builds on the $3.4 billion invested and 9,000 jobs created or retained in the United States since mid-2009.

The Bedford investment is primarily for manufacturing machinery, equipment and special tooling for the current facility. The plant, which opened in 1942, is one of the leading aluminum die casting facilities in the world. Bedford uses an aluminum die cast process to manufacture transmission casings and converter housings for the new fuel efficient six speed transmissions.

"We appreciate the tremendous support we have received from the Bedford community over the years," Jones said. "This investment is possible because of the teamwork between GM, the UAW, the IBEW, the Bedford community and the great State of Indiana."

Bedford currently has 405 hourly and salaried employees.

"The hard work and dedication of the members of UAW Local 440 has made the Bedford plant one of the leading aluminum die-casting facilities in the world," said Joe Ashton, UAW vice president-GM Department. "This investment will retain jobs that are vital to Bedford's economy and represents GM's commitment to manufacturing in America."

Paul Green, business manager for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 16, added: "This announcement is the result of the hard work and dedication of Bedford IBEW members in building quality products for our customers. It is good news for our members, the community and the future of U.S. manufacturing."


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        whofan
        • 3 Years Ago
        GM the only company I know would invest in a totally new line of engines for two vehicles. The Canon and Trailblazer. With a line of engines GM has why did they spend money on these inline engines? No wonder they hit rock bottom. Saturn was another blunder. (invent a new company within a mamoth company to build a so so small car). Hope the new GM isn`t as wreckless.
          whofan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @whofan
          I`m not knocking what this post is about. I think its a wise investment. I was only building on what Nick posted, "'Old GM' would have done the opposite: Invest in eight-cylinder motor and new four gear tranny production."
          mikoprivat
          • 3 Years Ago
          @whofan
          what is "wreckless"?
          Tone
          • 3 Years Ago
          @whofan
          And don't forget that Saturn started out as a great idea, that had generated a pretty substantial following, only to lose everything it built due to neglect and a heavy lean on large trucks.
          whofan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @whofan
          Why the negative ratings. GM already produced plenty of engines they could have used in the Colorado and Trailblazer vehicles. These vehicles are either out of production or schedualed to end production. The engines used in these vehicles are unique to the vehicle. The engines are gone too. I stated the old GM spent massive dollars on devolping a new engine solely for this vehicle. They easily could have choosen from the many engines they already had to power these things. As for Saturn they really had to build another company within a company to build a competetive small carr???? We saw the problem with that. They couldn`t use Chevrolet ,Buick ,Oldsmobile,or Pontiac to build a good small car??? The old GM used money instead of brains. Thats what got them into trouble. Go ahead and vote this down too if it don`t make sense.
          whofan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @whofan
          The pricipal idea of Saturn could have been applied to one of the divisions GM already had. If this happened GM may have had a profitable success story. Shame oldsmoblie died before Saturn did. Roger Smith ruined GM. GM just now is recovering from what he did 30 years ago.
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      guyverfanboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope these 8-speed trannies will go out across their whole line up.
      Frederick
      • 3 Years Ago
      About time! I was starting to think GM had forgot about that whole transmission thing. Now how about a DCT? If Hyundai can do it GM should be able to.
      sarduci1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Right on!! WE need jobs here in the U.S. DEMAND U.S. goods and services. It just makes sense. Buying forgien goods/services does nothing to ensure economic stability here at home.
        airchompers
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sarduci1
        If US companies want my business they can earn it like everyone else. You know what it's called otherwise? Charity. And i'd rather save my limited charity money rather than spend it on American companies that aren't doing their job well enough. Look at modern Ford. Do you think their cars would be as good if enough people blindly bought American? And I think modern Fords aren't good enough. I won't buy one until I feel like they are.
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