GM Building New Plant In Ohio To Boost Production Of 6.6L Duramax V814
General Motors will build a new plant in Brookville, Ohio that will produce parts for its 6.6L Duramax diesel V8 engine.
The automaker will invest $175 million in the new engine components facility. The plant will allow GM to increase production of its 6.6L L5P Duramax engine, which is found in the new 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD and 2020 GMC Sierra HD. A different version of the 6.6L diesel engine called the L5D is also found in the Chevrolet Medium Duty trucks.
GM purchased a 75-acre plot of land in Brookville for $3 million last year, where it plans to build the new plant. The facility is expected to bring as many as 100 new jobs to the region.
Company spokesman Dan Flores said previously that the new engine components plant would be for the “machining of blocks and heads, and those parts would be sent over to (the DMAX plant in Moraine) for more engines. That’s ultimately how we get more engine production.”
The automaker said this week its fleet business “is poised for additional growth,” and added that recent investments in its manufacturing facilities will allow it to better meet demand.
GM has been working to replenish its heavy duty pickup truck inventory after running short on supply due to the UAW strike, but strong demand for the newly updated trucks has made it difficult for it to build up stock. The automaker implemented mandatory overtime at the Flint Assembly plant last month, which builds both the Silverado HD and Sierra HD.
GM also invested $150 million in the Flint Assembly plant last year to support the increased production of the new Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD, anticipating higher demand for the updated models.
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Any word on where they will build the 2.8L Duramax once the Thailand plant shuts down?
Look at the huge weight difference between the cast iron 2.8 liter diesel 4 cylinder and the new inline 6 cylinder 3.0 liter diesel offered in the GM 1500 pickups. The 4 banger weighs 53 pounds more than the lighter 3.0 liter inline 6. GM could build a new 4 or 5 cylinder inline based on the new design 3.0 liter inline engine. All things remaining the same, GM Duramax could build an inline 5 cylinder that weighs just 389 pounds. That’s a huge weight savings of 131 pounds compared to the cast iron 4 banger at 520 pounds. The new design inline 5 will still produce more torque of 383 pounds feet compared to the 369 pounds feet of the 4 banger 2.8 liter, all other factors being equal. This would be a very smart move for GM Duramax to save 131 pounds and yet still get 14 pounds feet more torque with an inline 5 banger. The same tooling and production line can be used to produce both the inline 5 and 6 cylinders. YUR WELCOME GM.
I would also like to know the same thing. I own one and it’s been great. My money is they will drop it and release some typical GM statement like the following: ” We want to reduce vehicle build complexity by reducing engine combinations to free up money for EVS and AVs”.
Good luck on your EV quest GM. I’ll keep my 600 Mile per tank, fill up in 5 minute truck…
I still think this is Fake News when they do story’s on the HD’S like they selling like hot cakes come on What Demand I seen maybe 15 of them on the street so far an they are still behind ford an dodge
maybe if they sell more,more in dealer stock the more rebates
They’re not too reliable now. I imagine they’re be worse with trying to rush them off the plant.
Tony, they are the most reliable diesel on the market. I bet you this is partially about the new Oshkosh JLTV or new HUMVEE. It uses the Duramax and Allison transmission as a way of bypassing cost on developing and manufacturing a new motor just for one vehicle. Proves just how durable the Duramax is, that the military chose that motor over the AM general motors and Oshkosh chose the Duramax over a cummins or powerstroke
The Duramax has been very reliable. There are always a dip here and there as there is with every engine, but overall the Dmax has a great reputation. A great indicator of that is looking at resale values. A Dmax powered HD holds its value very well.
very true but they cost an extra 10gs and if you find one used less than 125000 miles depending on the price may be a good deal
And who recently bought the land and then sold it for $400,000 an acre?
If someone pays 400k an acre in economically depressed ohio there a fool.
$4,000,000 / 75 = $40,000
not too bad.
$3,000,000 / 75 = $ 40,000 per acre
not too bad.