General Motors (GM) will invest $148 million to repurpose flexible machining and assembly equipment at its manufacturing plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee.

The investment will enable the plant to retain approximately 200 jobs and quickly add capacity to build the small-block 6.2-liter V8 engine in the truck and sport-utility vehicle segment. The 6.2-liter truck engine is currently available in the Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab, GMC Sierra Crew Cab, Yukon Denali, Yukon XL Denali and the Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV.

Equipment repurposing will begin immediately, with small-block 6.2-liter V8 production scheduled to start during the fourth quarter of 2016. Having flexible equipment and machining will enable GM to add capacity in a timeframe faster than the typical two to three years required to add a new engine line.

"This investment will position GM and its workforce to promptly respond to consumer demand for this engine in the popular truck and SUV segment," said Arvin Jones, GM North America Manufacturing manager. "The flexibility of Spring Hill's engine machining and assembly equipment is allowing GM to respond deftly when additional engine variant capacity is needed."

The investments in the Spring Hill plant are part of $709.4 million in investments GM has announced since ratification of the UAW-GM national agreement in 2015. Since 2010, GM has announced investments of more than $1.35 billion for the Spring Hill operations.

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