General Motors has just announced that it will invest $20 million in its Bay City, Michigan plant. This is the third investment by GM of its kind and brings new investment at the facility to $62.5 million this year.
The plant will build camshafts for the next-gen ECOTEC engines, GM’s highest volume and most advanced four-cylinder powerplant that propels The General’s most popular vehicles, including the Chevy Malibu and Equinox, Buick LaCrosse and Regal, as well as the GMC Terrain.
According to GM manufacturing manager Gerald Johnson, this particular investment will result in the creation of 15 new jobs at the plant, while the total employment effect from GM’s three investments will result in 113 new hires at Bay City.
The GM Authority Take
GM’s current lineup of ECOTEC engines is rather impressive, ranging in displacement from teensy 1.4 liter motors that produce less than 100 horses all the way to the turbocharged 2.8 liter turbo ECOTEC good for 320 hp found in the Opel Insignia OPC.
But with the demise of the Pontiac Solstice GXP and Saturn Sky Redline, the North American market is devoid of these high-performance ECOTECs (LNF series). Let’s hope the next-gen ECOTEC mills will be available in their high-performance (boosted) guises in the States and beyond.