17 years of production has led to a significant milestone for General Motors, DMAX Ltd. and employees. Today, the two-millionth Duramax V8 engine rolled off the assembly line.
General Motors first began production of the Duramax diesel engine on July 17, 2000, through a joint venture with Isuzu. The plant builds Duramax diesel engines for the heavy-duty variants of Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and some Navistar commercial trucks. Some engines even find their way to Gale Banks and marine applications, too.
Since the plant’s inception, GM has invested $142 million into the facility to continue building on the success of the powertrain facility.
“Over the past 17 years, DMAX has produced 2 million award-winning heavy-duty diesel engines. This is not only a significant milestone, but truly speaks to the dedication of our team,” GM Plant Manager, Pat Curtis, said.
“We consider ourselves to be a big part of the community in which we live and work. We have invested both dollars and volunteerism into several local organizations, specifically the Moraine Foundation, which channels all local charitable activities and the promotion of STEM-related opportunities through the West Carrollton HS–FIRST Robotics Club.”
The facility’s next task will be to build the redesigned and reengineered 6.6-liter L5P Duramax diesel V8 engine with a host of improvements for Chevrolet and GMC HD trucks. The engine produced 445 horsepower at 2,800 RPM and 910 pound-feet of torque at just 1,600 RPM.