General Motors has announced its latest investment, retaining 200 jobs at the Spring Hill, Tennessee assembly. The $148 million investment will provide funds to retool flexible machining and assembly processes for additional V8 engine production.
This will be the first time the Spring Hill facility, which will soon manufacture the 2017 GMC Acadia and 2017 Cadillac XT5, builds and assembles a V8 engine. Specifically, the 6.2-liter V8 engine will be produced for applications in SUVs and trucks.
The 6.2-liter V8 truck engine is currently available in the Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab, GMC Sierra Crew Cab, Yukon Denali, Yukon XL Denali and the Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV.
“This investment will position GM and its workforce to promptly respond to consumer demand for this engine in the popular truck and SUV segment,” said Arvin Jones, GM North America Manufacturing Manager. “The flexibility of Spring Hill’s engine machining and assembly equipment is allowing GM to respond deftly when additional engine variant capacity is needed.”
Retooling and equipment repurposing will begin immediately, with production of the 6.2-liter V8 beginning in the fourth-quarter of 2016. The latest investment brings total Spring Hill investments to $1.35 billion since 2010.