General Motors to Invest $1.2 Billion in Fort Wayne Truck Plant
Key Upgrades in Paint, Manufacturing to Improve Quality, Finish
Fullsize trucks are some of most strategically important vehicles to the Detroit Three automakers, contributing heavily to company profits. So it should come as little surprise that when it comes time to make investments in manufacturing, trucks would be near the top of the priority list. To that end, General Motors is investing $1.2 billion over the next several years into its Fort Wayne, Indiana, plant in the areas of paint finish and assembly equipment. The plant currently builds the regular and double-cab configurations of both the 1500 and HD versions of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra fullsize trucks.
Among the improvements to Fort Wayne as part of this substantial capital investment include a new E-coat paint system customized to each vehicle configuration, improving paint coverage and curability, new radiant tube paint ovens for an improved finish and lower energy use. On the manufacturing side, improvements to equipment that better accommodate the different cab and box styles will be implemented, as well as new conveyance systems for the instrument panel assembly to improve worker ergonomics. None of the upgrades are expected to affect current production levels. Fort Wayne currently runs three shifts and employs 3,800 workers. The investment into the Fort Wayne plant is part of the $5.4 billion investment in U.S. manufacturing facilities announced by GM on April 30.
Source: General Motors