General Motors has announced a fresh investment totaling $51 million for its aluminum die casting foundry in Bedford, Indiana. The investment will go towards the production of drive unit castings for the up-and-coming Chevy Silverado EV, among other casting applications.
“Our Bedford operation is one of the leading aluminum die casting facilities in the world and this investment is a testament of our confidence in the employees at Bedford,” said GM vice president of North America Manufacturing and Labor Relations, Phil Kienle. “This investment is another example of the company bringing along our workforce in our journey to an all-electric future while we strengthen our current products.”
Renovation work at the facility is slated to begin immediately. The GM Bedford aluminum die casting foundry began manufacturing electric drive unit castings for the 2022 GMC Hummer EV Pickup and 2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV earlier this year to support production of the all-electric off-roader at the recently reopened GM Factory Zero facility in Michigan.
The GM Bedford aluminum die casting foundry opened in 1942, and is staffed by 900 hourly and salaried workers. The facility is responsible for semi-permanent mold and die casting processes to produce a variety of components for all four of GM’s U.S. brands (Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC), such as structural components, heads, blocks, transmission cases, and drive unit housings.
Back in April, General Motors confirmed that it would offer a new all-electric variant of the popular Chevy Silverado pickup, resulting in a record rise in GM stock value. The upcoming Chevy Silverado EV will be assembled at the GM Factory Zero facility, and will be offered in both retail and fleet iterations, with GM’s Ultium battery technology providing the motivation. Range per charge is expected to be rated at 400 miles. Look for the new Chevy Silverado EV to debut at the Consumer Electronics Show early this coming January.
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