GM Investing $1.2 Billion in Fort Wayne Pickup Plant

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

Trucks are big business in North America and the Detroit Three reap a lot of their profits from these rough-and-tumble vehicles. To stay ahead of its rivals GM just announced that it’s “makin’ it rain in Fort Wayne” by sinking $1.2 billion into this Indiana pickup plant.

The outlay will provide upgraded technology that should improve the factory’s competitiveness, allowing it to manufacture higher-quality trucks. Both light- and heavy-duty models are built there.

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Some of the planned enhancements include a new pre-treat, electro-coat paint operation, an expanded body shop as well as new sequencing centers. Additionally, the general assembly area will receive enchantments. Construction is set to commence next month and fortunately for the company production schedules will not be affected by the work, so they can keep cranking out their popular pickups, the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra.

Fort Wayne Assembly started building light-duty trucks back in 1986. Today it’s a three-shift operation that employs nearly 4,000 workers. The $1.2 billion GM is spending at this facility is part of a much larger investment in U.S. manufacturing, an outlay that totals $5.4 billion.

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • Smartacus Smartacus on May 27, 2015

    $1.2Billion here, $439Million there, $1Billion over there, etc. Is now a good time to remind everyone that entire storyland city built up in Dubai only cost $80Billion total? Even the Burj Khalifa only cost $1.5Billion.