GM to Invest $100 Million for Component Manufacturing

Rochester, N.Y., plant produces components for small-block car/truck engines

General Motors Corp. plans to invest $100 million at its GM Components Holdings LLC operation in Rochester, N.Y., where it produces parts for small-block car and truck engines. The investments will include the cost of new manufacturing equipment and tooling, and the program will result in 30 new hires for the plant.

Details of the new equipment and the schedule for installation were not released by GM.

About 12 months ago, GM revealed plans to invest over $890 million at its foundry in Defiance, OH, powertrain plant in Bay City, MI, and assembly plant Tonawanda, NY. The al-aluminum, direct fuel-injection engines have an “all-new advanced combustion system design,” and will be E85 ethanol-capable.

Of the new capital program at Rochester, GM vice president for Labor Relations Cathy Clegg said the investment “will enable us to produce a new generation of fuel-efficient small block car and truck engines.”

“The Gen V small block engine family will have unprecedented fuel efficiency, and GMCH Rochester Operations will play a key role in helping us deliver these efficient engines to our customers,” according to Clegg.

GM Components Holdings was formed several former Delphi Corp. component manufacturing divisions that GM absorbed in 2009. The Rochester plant is the former Delphi Powertrain Systems.

Four products are affected by the new investments, according to GM: The integrated air module, a new high-pressure fuel rail, a new lifter oil manifold assembly, and a new direct injection injector. The finished components will be supplied to GM Powertrain plants in Tonawanda, St. Catharines, Ont., and Ramos Arizpe, Mexico.

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