General Motors CEO Mary Barra will be in Roanoke, Indiana, on Thursday for what local media reported said is a major investment announcement.
Accompanying Barra will be Executive Vice President of Global Manufacturing Gerald Johnson and a handful of state and local officials where the group is expected to make an investment announcement for the Fort Wayne assembly plant. The plant currently builds the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 crew cab models. Additionally, the plant is responsible for the Silverado HD and Sierra HD in a handful of cab and bed configurations.
The plant previously built the last-generation Silverado and Sierra as well.
Details surrounding the announcement aren’t known yet, though the plant most recently received an investment to build the current Silverado and Sierra models. Production expansion is a possibility for the pickups, especially as GM prepares to launch its new HD pickups.
The Fort Wayne plant has also been a hot transfer destination for those impacted by GM plant idling. Earlier this year, the Lordstown plant in Ohio went idle. Two transmission plants followed: one in Maryland, the other in Michigan. The Detroit-Hamtramck plant will go idle in January 2020 as well.
The news conference is set for 11:15 a.m. this morning and we will bring you the latest details on the investment as they break.
Source: Local ABC News affiliate WPTA