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.