A group of 755 employees at the DMAX plant in Moraine, Ohio just celebrated the build of the 2 millionth Duramax 6.6-liter V8 turbo-diesel engine.
Announced in 1998 as a joint venture between between General Motors and Isuzu, the plant churned out its first engine in the summer of 2000. Since then DMAX-built Duramax diesels have found their way into HD versions of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra plus several Navistar commercial-grade trucks and marine applications. Gale Banks even uses DMAX sourced engines for his Frankenstein diesel dragsters.
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“When we started this project, who would have expected we would achieve 2 million engines? I do recognize that although we made 2 million engines, it could not be achieved without the support of all employees.” said Shinichi Suzuki, CEO and COO for DMAX, Ltd. “The most important thing is not that the 2 million engines have been manufactured, but that they have been sold by the effort of the entire team.”
Currently employees are building the new 6.6L V-8 turbo-diesel which has been reworked for more horsepower and torque — 445 horsepower at 2,800 rpm and 910 lb-ft of torque at 1,600 rpm.
This article originally appeared on GMInsideNews.com