General Motors has announced plans to invest USD71m in two Ohio manufacturing facilities, including USD39m at its Toledo transmission plant and USD32m at its Defiance casting plant. Work will begin immediately at the two locations and GM said these investments will enable GM to retain 240 ‘good-paying’ US manufacturing jobs.
The Toledo investment will be used to upgrade and enhance the production of GM’s eight-speed rear-wheel-drive transmission and the Defiance investment will be used to prepare the facility for future engine casting components work.
“Through these investments, GM continues to strengthen its significant manufacturing presence in Ohio,” said Phil Kienle, GM vice president of North American Manufacturing and Labor Relations.
“Our Toledo and Defiance teams continue to focus on building world-class products for our customers and these actions are an investment in their futures.”
Since 2009, GM saytransmissions it has invested more than USD3.3bn in Ohio.
Separately, GM and LG Chem formed a joint venture – Ultium Cells LLC – and together are investing more than USD2.3bn to build a new battery cell manufacturing plant in Lordstown that will create more than 1,100 new jobs. Construction of the facility is underway. The new battery cell manufacturing plant will play a critical role in GM’s commitment to an all-electric future.
GM also said that in 2019 it paid more than USD450m in taxable wages to employees in Ohio. GM currently has more than 3,800 employees in the state.
Toledo Transmission Operations opened in 1916. Plant employees produced truck transfer cases and transmissions for four- and six-wheel-drive military trucks throughout World War II. Today it employs around 1,700 who manufacture and assemble GM’s six-speed, eight-speed, and ten-speed rear-wheel-drive transmissions and nine-speed front-wheel-drive transmissions that are used in a variety of Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles. Hourly employees are represented by UAW Local 14.
Defiance Casting Operations opened in 1948 and currently employs about 580 employees. The first iron was poured at the facility on August 23, 1948. Today, the plant manufactures cylinder block and cylinder head castings for inline-four, V-6 and V-8 engines used in a variety of Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles. Hourly employees are represented by UAW Local 211.