General Motors Buys 53 Acres Near DMAX Plant34
General Motors recently purchased 53 acres of land in Brookville, Ohio. The new parcel is located adjacent to the recently opened DMAX diesel engine plant, and could signal GM’s intentions to expand diesel engine production in the area.
Per a recent report from Dayton Daily News, the exact terms of the new land deal have yet to be released. It’s also uncertain what General Motors intends to do with the new purchase. However, it was reported that the parcel was recently rezoned for industrial use.
General Motors’ purchase of the new land follows the automaker’s purchase of nearly 75 acres of land in the adjoining area, where General Motors and Isuzu have constructed a new DMAX diesel engine plant to the tune of $175 million. The parcel of land was purchased for nearly $3 million.
For those who may not know, the DMAX facility is part of a joint venture between General Motors and Isuzu, in which GM holds a majority stake. The new DMAX facility in Ohio opened just this year, and employs an estimated 100 workers at present.
The new DMAX facility is produces machined diesel engine components, which are then shipped to a second DMAX facility located in Moraine. The Moraine facility uses these components to produce new diesel engines, which are then shipped from Moraine to GM’s assembly plant in Flint, Michigan. There, the engines are installed under the hood of GM’s heavy duty pickup trucks, including the Chevy Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD.
Meanwhile, General Motors is ramping up its all-electric vehicle efforts with new EV production facilities, including new battery plants in Lordstown, Ohio, and Spring Hill, Tennessee. Although General Motors has announced plans to launch 30 new EV models globally by 2025, the transition to all-electric technology will coincide with continued production of internal combustion engines, at least for the short term.
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With that kind of investment I don’t think we will see diesel powered trucks being phased out anytime soon .
Diesel pickups still have at least 2 decades of runway, battery technology has to improve massively to replace a hard working pickup diesel. EV’s are only good for personal transportation right now, for real work diesel still has many advantages, although the gap will continue to narrow over time.
As far as I know, the “2030” goal is in passenger vehicles only with the HD’s not considered part of that as they aren’t epa rated. Even as much as I think this 2030 goal is a load of horse excrement…. with the number of individuals already buying 2500’s as a personal vehicle….. if they move to all eletric, you can bet your bottom dollar many would move up a vehicle class to the HD’s than buy an EV. Kinda counter productive, but when have hippies ever done anything good for the environment
That’s a common myth. While >8500 GVWR vehicles do not have a window sticker fuel economy as required by CAFE, they are still subject to fuel economy standards, commonly referred to as the GHG14, GHG17 and GHG21 standards.
For example, under GHG17, most diesel engines, including the Duramax, got NOx sensors, which enabled increased NOx removal (increasing DEF consumption), which allowed engines to operate in a leaner burn mode. Additionally, the HD’s got active grille shutters to help meet GHG21.
I mean they aren’t calculated for fleet MPG averages.
Again, that’s simply wrong. The GHG standards, beginning in 2014, have imposed a payload-dependent fleet-average MPG requirement for HD pickups and vans.
You just don’t know about it because it’s not on the window sticker.
GM doesn’t plan to phase out ICE HD pickups until 2040. The plan is to replace them with hydrogen fuel cell trucks.
I’m confused I thought hydrocarbon was dead?
I thought and “heard” that GM still had a commitment to assist FlintMich. the hometown of GM to move forward with jobs, etc. Very,very disappointed but not surprised🤔☹️
Ross P. Alander
Ross, better go watch Roger and Me again.
Been there done that. Dad was in the sit down strikes in “the hole” Chevrolet Plant 4. Grew up in Flint (Barth Strert), love Flint. Worked on the assembly line at the Olds in Lansing while going to MSU. Flint was. Great town to grow up in and at one time had one of the
highest per capital incomes in the country. I love Flint
Ross P. Alander
Labor-ManagementRelations.com or alander
…since you asked🤣👍
GM is wise in this move. When EV’s waffle, which they will, the diesel will pick up the slack. GM is cautiously hedging their bet on electric motors and batteries with diesel engines, as this move indicates.
Mary is wisely playing both ends against the middle.
All indicators at this time indicate a major change again in the national administration. With the proviso that we have an honest and true election.
We are now navigating in some very interesting waters.
A happy and healthy New years to all.
I agree with David, that this is a hedge bet…a smart one.
You are wrong as usual… Duramax is switching block materials with the next generation, which will be introduced in the next few months, the facility in Dayton is casting, and machining the new blocks. Think Compacted Graphite Iron, this goes right along with my post a few days ago about the substantially increased power coming to the Duramax engine.
Duramax is not a hedge, it’s a huge profit center for GM and will continue to be for the next couple decades. EV technology is great for personal transportation today, but not quite ready for cost effective trucks that do work, or tow a lot, which is what many HD pickups sold today do.
About mid-decade we will see GMs HD and medium duty trucks and vans with hydrotec hydrogen fuel cell and Ultium 2.0 which has 50% better energy density than Ultium coming out now. The Silverado EV with 400 miles range now will be capable of over 600 miles. With hydrotec and Ultium 2.0 hybrids we could be seeing trucks with over 1000 miles of range. Diesel will rule until hydrogen infrastructure is built up and GM is planning for diesel to be phased out by 2040.
Why not use Compacted Graphite iron ( CGI ) for the block of the 3.0 diesel versus the current aluminum block? Could this be intended designed engine life obsolescence?
I would rather have more engine life than a little less weight.
The BMW mechanics that I talk to indicate that BMW’s vintage gray iron blocks are far superior to BMW’s current aluminum blocks, in life, durability and quality. Also cast iron has better heat sink characteristics than cast aluminum.
I like Donovan’s ( our resident GM Authority savant ) comment that the next generation of Ohio produced 6.6 diesel V8 blocks will be composed of Compacted Graphite Iron.
Diesel engines will rule over the long term for commercial and industrial applications. While vehicle electric motors and batteries will be for the consumer commuting classes. Just like unibody design versus frame design.
I read where China now owns General Motors. 😪
I agree with David…I think it is a hedge bet…
Great job MSU
Go Blue UM
GM is going to continue to do what they have done do regardless and there are much more critical things in America and the world for us to deal with rather than GM such as:
Peace in countries that are in conflict
Access to safe water
Economic development in cities around the
world that leads to jobs, security, education
With that let’s start the new year and work on people in needs issues. Together we can make a difference.
Ross P. Alander
Labor-ManagementRelations.com or alanderconsulting.com
Vietnam Vet-A Jack Kemp Republican ( 5 of us left)
Wow! Had a scare when reading that DMAX article, but relieved to see Mary isn’t losing her grip on Destruction of Fossil Fuel Vehicles by working in a Biden EV report. $12,500 credit per EV to GM & $4500 to the buyer. When Mary retires and after her “Golden Parachute” has collapsed she will always have a place on Left Wing Climate Freak Council.
GM has shut, sold off all plants/brands outside of North America, Is GM even solvent entity? GM is in it last death throws.
GM got rid of everything that wasn’t profitable. It is North/South America and China for now. They are in discussions to expand manufacturing in Egypt.
I do find it ironic that PSA(Now Stellantis) was able to take both Opel and Vauxhall and make them profitiable after buying them from GM.
Well when you slash most of your overhead costs, stop development and let go most of your engineers, but continue sales, of course you will suddenly be profitable. Now look at the CEO of Stellantis saying he doesn’t see how they can be profitable selling EVs.
GM is on very solid financial footing. The stock is riding high and the balance sheets solid even in a down automotive market. Mary has done an amazing job guiding the financial ship here.
Why would anyone buy an American piece of junk when you can buy quality from Japan and Germany at a comparable price
I have never owned a foreign vehicle and I never will.
You should take a drive in some newer GM not junk vehicles. If you aren’t surprised try being honest.
Don’t know about GM JUNK. I got several dmax trucks being and 15 gmc 25pp with 140k on the clock not a single wrench except a def pump. Very solid truck. Also got 2005 and 2009 c5500. Even the latter is tough as nails only had dpf issues with the 2009 as those were the interim years
Tony: Vintage man, vintage. Classic man, classic. Easy to work on. Engine and engine compartment is not buried in emissions garbage. No DEF urine. Roomy. No giant box in the middle of the front seat. No fear of gangbanger carjackers.
BTW: Suggested safety measure to prevent carjacking:
Affix NRA stickers on left and right sides and rear of vehicle that says NRA STAND AND FIGHT.
Will the new Duramax 6.6 l V8 be unveiled at Chicago Auto Show – Feb. 12-21 or at
New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) – April 2022 ?
Would love to see the new Duramax 6.6 I V8 be offered in the Suburban and Denali. I have a 6.5 GM diesel in a 1998 GMC Suburban 2500 with 527K+ miles on it.
Presently getting 25 mpg highway under load. It’s gold. Original block, heads and guts. Using Mobil 10W 40 full synthetic, high mileage, every 10K miles. Ticks like a Rolex watch. Minimal to no engine oil consumption and no DEF. Getting 80K+ on Toyo 235/85 x 16 Highway tread tires. Big 60/40 leather front bench seat. Suburban rides like a full size vintage Cadillac or Electra 225, or Oldsmobile 98, or Pontiac Grand Prix. In the era when cars were cars and America was America, and our national fiscal situation was under better management. Remember when full sized vehicles was like driving your living room down the road? Fun era. Fun times.
Wow! good job