GM Invest to Expand Truck Production
GM is investing $24 million to increase production at Indiana Plant.
General Motors (GM) is upgrading its Fort Wayne Assembly plant to further increase the production of the all-new Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and the GMC Sierra 1500 crew cab pickups.
“We are building Chevrolet and GMC crew cab pickups at record volume and mix levels to meet customer demand, and the $24 million investment will allow us to build even more,” said Mary Barra, GM Chairman and CEO. “The team here at Fort Wayne has done an outstanding job helping us satisfy customers throughout this launch. Our product ramp-up was very smooth, and the quality has been exceptional. Crew cab sales have been very strong, and we are expanding customer choice with new models, more cab choices, and innovative new powertrains.”
The combined sales of these two vehicles were up 20% during the first quarter of 2019 compared to a year ago, and GM predicts another increase for the second quarter. Customer deliveries of the double-cab models built in Fort Wayne began during the first quarter.
The million-dollar investment is set to be complete this summer and will enhance the plant’s conveyors and tooling to support the increased production.
Since 2015, GM has invested more than $1.2 billion at its Fort Wayne Assembly with a total of $23 billion invested in U.S. manufacturing since 2009–more than one-quarter of every dollar spent by automakers.