The American automaker will pour $93 million into its Romulus Powertrain plant in Michigan to boost the facility’s machining capabilities, while another $7 million will be invested into its Bedford Casting Operations plant to support additional output. Both of these investments will allow GM to increase production of its 10-speed automatic transmission, which is used in certain versions of the light- and heavy-duty Silverado and Sierra.
These investments come shortly after GM said it would invest $75 million into its Toledo transmission plant in order to start making more 10-speed automatic transmissions. The automaker said the Toledo investment will allow it to “strengthen its current core business,” which consists of its Silverado and Sierra pickup truck programs, as well as full-size SUV programs like the Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon.
GM has experienced difficulties in maintaining a strong supply of its full-size pickup trucks due to high demand for the vehicles and various production setbacks brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The automaker recently announced it would invest $1 billion in its Oshawa Assembly plant in Ontario to begin building light-duty and heavy-duty versions of the Silverado and Sierra there, which will increase its pickup production capacity exponentially. Production of the trucks at the Canadian plant will begin in early 2022.
GM currently builds its light-duty trucks at two separate plants: Fort Wayne Assembly in Indiana and Silao Assembly in Mexico. The heavy-duty versions of the trucks, meanwhile, are built at Flint Assembly in Michigan. These plants are expected to remain operational once Oshawa Assembly comes back online, with the Ontario plant only providing additional truck production capacity.
GM said previously that its investment in Oshawa Assembly would help support “a fast response to strong customer demand for GM’s new family of pickup trucks.”