Well, it’s about time that manufacturing jobs are put back in the U.S. General Motors announced that it will invest more than $494 million and create nearly 550 jobs in three U.S. plants to produce the next generation fuel efficient Ecotec engine. The three plants that are involved in this project are Tonawanda, NY; Defiance, OH and Bay City, MI. Next generation Ecotec engines will continue to provide a combination of fuel efficiency and performance to meet the energy demand in the U.S.
Of the $494 million, about $425 million will be used to add capacity for the next generation Ecotec engine at 370,000 per year and bring about 470 jobs to the Tonawanda community, $59 million will be used to produce precision sand cast block at a capacity of 188,000 annually and result in about 80 jobs to the Defiance community, and about $10.5 million in Bay City plant to produce connecting rods for the Ecotec engines, which will create about 15 jobs.
The Ecotec engines are available displacements of 2.0L, 2.2L and 2.4L. The current Ecotec 2.4L with direct injection and variable valve timing are currently used in cars such as the Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain.