General Motors expanding Pontiac facility, move expected to create 400 jobs

PONTIAC, Mich. (WXYZ) - General Motors says the company will invest $200 million at their Global Powertrain Engineering Headquarters in Pontiac to build a new test wing.

The construction is expected to be completed in the second half of 2014. It is part of GM's commitment to invest $1.5 billion in it's North American facilities during 2013.

"If you are a powertrain engineer, this is what you live for," said General Motors Vice President of Global Engine Engineering Sam Winegarden. "This dream is truly amazing."

The expansion plan calls for engineering work that is currently being done in Wixom, Castleton, Indiana and Torrance, California, to be moved to Pontiac.

The work being done at Wixom will be moved by mid-2015. Torrance will be moved by the end of 2014 and Castleton will be moved by mid-2014.

GM R&D's Propulsion Systems Research Lab in Warren will also relocated to Pontiac. The facility will be transferred by mid-2015.

The moves are expected to create about 400 new jobs.

"The name of this location is actually the Global Powertrain Engineering Headquarters for General Motors," observed Governor Rick Snyder during a press conference on the plan. "And I think that sends a message that we are moving in the right direction as a team."

GM also announced on Wednesday that the Performance Build Center, which is currently located in Wixom, will be moving to the GM's Corvette assembly plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky sometime in the first quarter of 2014. 

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