General Motors Co. will make an additional investment of $167 million at its Tennessee assembly site to prepare for the output of two future vehicles, the carmaker has announced. GM’s further investments at its Spring Hill site in Tennessee will be on top of the $183 million it initially planned. The carmaker’s Spring Hill site, which currently produces the Chevrolet Equinox sports utility vehicle, will be home to two future mid-sized vehicles, according to GM.
The Spring Hill site used to produce GM's former Saturn brand from 1990 to 2007. GM ceased vehicle assembly operations in the site late 2009, while powertrain production continued. GM resumed assembly operations at the site in the third quarter of 2012, building the Equinox.
In November 2011, GM disclosed that it would resume assembly operations at the site with a flexible production line capable of producing a variety of vehicles. During the time, the US carmaker said it would make investments of around $183 million for a future mid-sized vehicle.
The most recent announcement adds $40 million to that plan, with the remaining $127 million allotted for a second mid-sized vehicle GM had yet to disclose. The carmaker did not reveal when the new models would be introduced. GM’s Spring Hill site Tennessee boasts of a 2,000-strong workforce, with the new investments expected to create or retain 1,800 jobs.
“Today’s announcement recognizes the commitment of Spring Hill employees and leadership," said Mark Reuss, president, GM North America. “As a team, they draw upon the plant's unique heritage and dedicated work force to deliver top quality for our customers.” [source: ]