General Motors invests over $1 billion in U.S. plant upgrades including Detroit, Flint and Romulus

WXYZ - General Motors, along with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announced nearly a $1.3 billion investment in five manufacturing sites in Michigan, Ohio and Bedford, Indiana. 

The announcement was made Monday, December 16 from GM's Flint, Michigan plant.

You can watch the GM announcement and event streaming live here.

The plant upgrades will help GM produce new fuel-efficient V-6 engines, 10-speed transmission and existing 6-speed transmissions. The money will also fund $600 million upgrades in Flint Assembly including a new paint shop, $121 million logistics optimization center for Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly and $493 million in upgrades to Romulus Powertrain Operations, which will produce the new V-6 engines.

General Motors reports the investment will create or retain about 1,000 jobs.

The announcement was made in coordination with United Auto Workers.

"Today's announcement is a win for American workers. The UAW is proud to be a part of this successful collaboration with GM that has helped rebuild the nation's economy, created good paying, union jobs in communities across the country, and brought manufacturing that was moved overseas back to the U.S. This is further proof that collective bargaining works," said UAW Vice President Joe Ashton, who directs the union's GM Department.

Here's a look at plant upgrades outside Michigan:

·         $30.6 million in Toledo Transmission Operations for increased capacity for an existing 6-speed transmission and tooling for a new variant

·         $29.2 million in Bedford Castings, which includes $22.6 million to produce components for the 10-speed transmission and $6.6 million to produce components for an existing 6-speed transmission

Since 2009, GM has announced investments of about $10.1 billion in its U.S. operations – $2.8 billion in 2013 alone – creating or retaining more than 26,500 jobs.

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