GM Invests $27 Million in Spring Hill Plant to Build Export SUV for Australia
Right-Hand-Drive Version of GMC Acadia Headed to Oz as a Holden
General Motors announced a $47 million investment in two of its manufacturing facilities today, including $27 million earmarked for Spring Hill Manufacturing in Spring Hill, Tennessee.
The money destined for Spring Hill will help the plant prepare to build a new variant of the GMC Acadia. A right-hand-drive version of the crossover will be built for export, destined for Australia as a Holden. The Holden Acadia will mirror its donor SUV in most other respects, save a few regional cosmetic and calibration differences. The investment will help Spring Hill Manufacturing retain 215 salaried and hourly positions. Of note, the facility also produces the Cadillac XT5 in addition to the Acadia.
The remainder of GM’s plant investment will go to Bay City Powertrain in Michigan. $20 million will support the production of cam rough machining operations for future engine programs, retaining 15 hourly jobs for the 379-employee facility. Bay City produces engine components used in Cadillac, Buick, GMC, and Chevrolet vehicles.
GM has invested more than $21 billion in U.S. operations since 2009, and today’s announcement comes as part of the $1 billion investment in U.S. manufacturing announced in January.
Source: General Motors