May 27, 2015
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GM Investing $1.2 Billion in Fort Wayne Pickup Plant

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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