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GM invests to make more trucks

Kalea Hall
The Detroit News

Detroit — General Motors Co. is making another investment to support increased production of its in-demand trucks, even as it ramps spending on electric vehicles. 

The automaker said Thursday it is investing $93 million at the Romulus propulsion plant to add machining capability, and $7 million at the Bedford, Indiana, casting operations to increase the plant’s die casting capabilities.

Both investments support increased production of GM’s 10-speed automatic transmissions for the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra light-duty, full-size pickups.  Work will begin immediately at both locations, GM said.

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Last week, GM announced a $75 million investments at its transmission plant in Toledo, Ohio, to increase production of 10-speed automatic transmissions for profit-rich trucks. 

The automaker plans to field 30 EVs by 2025 and an emissions-free lineup by 2035. But it isn't backing down now on commitments to supply its profit-rich pickups and SUVs to meet the heavy demand for the product. 

GM said it will protect its pickup and full-size SUV plants from a global semiconductor supply constraint that has pushed several automakers to slash production, including GM. 

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