GM to invest $127M in Indiana facility, create 127 jobs

Melissa Burden
The Detroit News

General Motors Co. said Tuesday it will invest $127.4 million at its Bedford Castings Operations plant in Bedford, Indiana, creating about 127 jobs in the future.

The company said the investment in powertrain and structural components will support production for new aluminum engine blocks and components. GM said it would provide details on the timing and applications later.

It’s the first announcement out of $1.9 billion in investment GM has planned over four years as part of its new contract with the United Auto Workers.

The powertrain facility has about 700 employees today on three shifts who make transmission casings, converter housings, heads, and small gas engine blocks. The parts are used in Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles.

Workers are represented by UAW Local 440 and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 16.

Since 2010, GM has announced investments of more than $426 million for the facility that opened in 1942.

GM, as part of its new UAW contract, has said it plans to invest at a dozen U.S. facilities, including Bedford. Those investments are expected to create or retain more than 3,300 jobs.

The UAW, in its highlighter of the contract with GM, listed new powertrain and structural components were slated for the Bedford site and that the new work was connected to 192 jobs; that indicates there could be more announcements slated for Bedford.

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