A fire broke out on Saturday night at the General Motors Spring Hill Assembly Plant in Tennessee, and was quickly extinguished after three local fire departments responded to the emergency. The fire started when contractors were removing two injection molding machines, according to United Auto Workers Local 1853 Chairman Mike Herron who spoke with The Daily Herald. No one was injured in the fire as the facility was not occupied at the time when the fire started.
The Columbia Fire Department, the Spring Hill Fire Department, and the Maury County Fire Department responded with assistance provided by the Maury County Sheriff’s Department. Plant Executive Director Ken Knight applauded the response, crediting it with helping to extinguish the fire quickly. The plant’s fire suppression system and the first responders extinguished the blaze, according to Knight.
General Motors recently announced a $22 million investment in the Spring Hill Assembly plant for the powertrain department. Since 2010, the automaker has invested $2 billion into the facility, making Spring Hill one of GM’s largest North American manufacturing sites with 7.1 million square feet of space sitting on 2,000 acres of land.
The $22 million investment comes after GM announced $300 million for the faculty to build the 2020 Cadillac XT6, adding 200 new jobs. Spring Hill Assembly also produces the Cadillac XT5, GMC Acadia, and Holden Acadian along with the 6.2-liter V8 engine. The XT5, Acadia, and XT6 share the same platform.
The addition of the XT6 to the rooster of models Spring Hill produces has secured its future. The growth at the plant comes as the automaker plans to shutter five other North American production facilities—four in the U.S. and one in Canada. Consumers are flocking to crossovers and SUVs, putting production facilities that focus on sedans in jeopardy as demand dries up. However, those GM employees at factories scheduled to close are transferring to other plants, including Spring Hill.