General Motors' production of camshafts for its next-generation Ecotec four-cylinder engine will soon begin at its plant in Bay City. To make this possible, GM invested $20 million and hired 15 more workers.
This factory manufactures powertrain components and the camshafts are new business for the factory. However, the assembly of the next-generation Ecotec, which is expected in 2012, will be done at its plant in Tonawanda, N.Y.
Production of the camshafts would be the third Bay City investment GM has announced so far this year.
Previously, GM has disclosed that it will rehire over 95 workers at Bay City to produce Ecotec connecting rods and components for the next-generation V-8 engines.
Since emerging from bankruptcy in July 2009, GM has announced the restoration or creation of about 9,700 factory jobs in the US and Canada.
The new hires in Bay City will be taken from the pool of about 3,500 laid-off UAW members.
New applicants will only be sought if all those people are back to work. Vehicles ranging from the subcompact Chevrolet Aveo to the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain small crossovers will be powered by the Ecotec family of four-cylinder engines.