GM investing $118 million at Bay City Powertrain, $789 million in Tennessee –

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DETROIT, MI – General Motors announced Wednesday it’s investing $118 million at its Bay City Powertrain site, creating 29 job and retaining 67 positions.

The Detroit automaker also announced $788.7 million will go toward an all-new, high-efficiency engine program at its Spring Hill Manufacturing Plant in Tennessee.

At the same time, GM said it will also modernize the Tennessee complex. Construction begins in May and will last several years.

“UAW members at Spring Hill and Bay City have well-earned reputations for quality work and craftsmanship,” UAW-GM vice president Cindy Estrada said in a release. “Since the 2015 collective bargaining agreement, GM has invested more than $1.7 billion and UAW-GM members, their families and their communities will all benefit for years to come.”

Bay City Powertrain builds components for Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles.

The plant first opened in 1892 as National Cycle Manufacturing Company and built bicycles. It’s been owned by GM since 1918. GM said it’s invested $249.4 million in Bay City Powertrain since 2010.

At its Spring Hill Manufacturing facility, opened in 1990, GM has flexible assembly that includes producing the Cadillac XT5 and the GMC Acadia, as well as an engine plant making 4-cylinder engines, a stamping plant, a body shop, a paint shop and two polymer injection molding operations.

The parts go to GM plants globally. The complex will also start producing small-block V-8 engines at the end of this year.

In other automaker investment news, on Tuesday Ford said it’s investing $1.4 billion in its Livonia Transmission plant as part of plans to build a new, 10-speed transmission there, and FCA said it’s investing $74.7 million in its Trenton Engine Complex, where it will retool its north plant to build a next-generation, four-cylinder engine.

David Muller is the automotive and business reporter for MLive Media Group in Detroit. Email him at, follow him on Twitter or find him on Facebook.

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