General Motors Plans $1.2 Billion Expansion At Its Fort Wayne, Indiana, Assembly Plant
The new construction, which is expected to total approximately 1.5 million square feet of new space at the plant, will include a new pre-treatment facility and expanded body shop, as well as an expansion of its general assembly capabilities. The upgrades will improve the plant’s efficiencies while equipment upgrades will enhance technology and energy efficiency, helping to further reduce emissions.
“The upgrades taking place at Fort Wayne Assembly assure we can meet consumer demand and grow customers for life for years to come,” said Cathy Clegg, Vice President of GM North America Manufacturing.
Established in 1986, Fort Wayne Assembly produces full-size pickup trucks sold worldwide and employs approximately 3,800 Hoosiers. According to GM, this project is expected to be one of the company’s largest investments to date at a U.S. manufacturing plant. GM, which produces vehicles under leading brands such as Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC, employs more than 200,000 manufacturing employees at 169 plants in 31 countries.
As an incentive, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered General Motors up to $500,000 in training grants based on the company's economic development plans. The IEDC will also provide the community with up to $5 million in infrastructure assistance from the state’s Industrial Development Grand Fund. Additionally, the Indiana Department of Transportation will allocate up to $4.6 million to Allen County for additional public infrastructure assistance. Allen County has approved additional incentives at the request of Greater Fort Wayne Inc.
“Around the world, Indiana is known as a proven leader in advanced manufacturing,” said Governor Mike Pence. “Powered by a pro-growth business environment and a highly-skilled workforce, GM is leveraging Indiana’s strengths to help it remain competitive across the globe. Today’s announcement marks a significant promise to the Hoosier State and ensures GM’s presence in Indiana and its support of Hoosier jobs long into the future, reaffirming that Indiana is a state that works for business.”
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