New $200M test wing at GM global powertrain engineering center enables consolidation

  • 31-Jan-2013 09:11 EST

Having completed a consolidation of seven southeastern Michigan powertrain engineering facilities in 2008, GM's latest move in Pontiac  allows it to cut 640,000 ft² (60,000 m²) of floor space and eliminate three leased facilities in the U.S.

General Motors on Jan. 30 announced it will invest $200 million at its global powertrain engineering headquarters in Pontiac, MI, to build a new 138,000-f² (12,000-m²) test wing, which is expected to be completed in the second half of 2014. The investment is part of a previously announced plan to invest $1.5 billion in its North American facilities in 2013. Powertrain work currently being done at leased facilities in Wixom, MI; Castleton, IN; and Torrance, CA., will move to Pontiac. Also, GM R&D’s Propulsion Systems Research lab in Warren, MI, will be relocate to the Pontiac campus. GM previously announced that its hydrogen fuel cell development in Honeoye Falls, NY, would be consolidated in Pontiac in mid-2013. The expected result of the moves, which are to be completed by the end of 2015, is reduced development timing for GM’s next-generation advanced propulsion technologies and the addition of about 400 jobs at Pontiac. In addition, the Performance Build Center, currently located at the Wixom facility, will move to GM’s Chevrolet Corvette assembly plant in Bowling Green, KY, by 1Q14.

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