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General Motors (GM) recently announced plans to invest $1 billion to upgrade its assembly plant in Wentzville, Missouri. The investment is expected to retain approximately 4,000 manufacturing jobs at the site.
The plans, which are part of a larger $1.5 billion investment to bring GM’s next generation of midsize pickup trucks to market, will include the Wentzville plant’s paint shop, body shop and general assembly areas receiving new machines, conveyors, controls and tooling.
“Through this investment, General Motors is making a firm commitment to the state of Missouri, the city of Wentzville and the GM Wentzville team,” said Mark Reuss, GM president. “This is part of our comprehensive strategy to invest in growth areas and strengthen our U.S. manufacturing base.”
In recent years, GM has invested heavily in midsize trucks by bringing more product features to market, including new diesel and gas engines, new transmissions and special-edition models, like the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and Bison, as well as the GMC Canyon AT4.
The Wentzville assembly plant, which opened in 1983, currently builds the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickups and Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans. The facility operates on three production shifts and employs approximately 4,000 hourly and 330 salaried employees.
For more information, visit www.gm.com.