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GM expected to build Ecotec engines at Tennessee plant

By CHRISSIE THOMPSON

FREE PRESS BUSINESS WRITER

General Motors will build the next generation of its Ecotec four-cylinder engines at its plant in Spring Hill, Tenn., continuing some investment in the former Saturn assembly plant, a person familiar with the matter said today.

GM plans to announce the news as soon as Friday, said the source, who lacked authorization to speak and declined to be named.

The Spring Hill plant already builds four-cylinder engines for the Chevrolet Equinox and Malibu, GMC Terrain, Buick LaCrosse. GM also produces Ecotecs in Tonawanda, N.Y. GM said in February it would build the next-generation four-cylinders in Tonawanda, calling back 480 laid-off workers, but the automaker hadn’t provided details about Spring Hill’s future.

GM idled the assembly portion of the Spring Hill plant last year in the wake of its bankruptcy. The factory, which opened in 1989, built its last Saturn in 2007 and built the Chevrolet Traverse in its last months of production. The plant employs 1,045 workers in powertrain, stamping and some component work for the Traverse, which is now built in Lansing.

Ecotec production will start in spring 2012 in Tonawanda and will likely start in early 2013 in Spring Hill, the source said. The plants currently make different versions of the Ecotec engines, but in the next generation, both factories will be able to make all versions, the person said. That will prevent disruption of production.

GM spokesman Tom Read declined to comment.

Read more: GM expected to build Ecotec engines at Tennessee plant | freep.com | Detroit Free Press http://www.freep.com/article/20100913/BUSINESS01/100913065/1210/business01/GM-expected-to-build-Ecotec-engines-at-Tennessee-plant#ixzz0zSFZ2MiM

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hyperv6    774

My 08 HHR SS Turbo was built in Spring Hill. They later moved the Turbo to Germany and sent them to Mexico to install from what I was told.

I am glad they are going back as it is a newer plant.

Also did the UAW ever get in there or are they still non union?

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regfootball    234

gm can build more 4 poppers here now even with the expensive labor, because they can build a 4 here cheaper than a six, and now between cafe and the bailout and rocket inflation of vehicles, people are conditioned to think 30k for a car with a 4 popper is a bargain and a luxury.

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hyperv6    774

I would like to see GM come up with a new name for the Turbo engines since they will become very common.

THe Ecoboost family name is working in marketing. Too bad they could not afford to promote and market the Ecotec Turbo better when it came out. It was first and I still feel better than the Ford 4 Turbo.

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GM TO PRODUCE NEXT-GENERATION ECOTEC ENGINES IN TN

By Drew Johnson

General Motors’ Spring Hill, Tennessee factory has been left in limbo over the last several years, but the former Saturn plant is set to get a steady gig as the Detroit automaker will shift some production of its next-generation Ecotec engine to the facility.

According to a source familiar with the situation, GM will produce its next-generation of Ecotec powerplants at the Spring Hill factory. The next-generation of clean-burning engines are expected to begin rolling out of Spring Hill in early 2013.

GM’s Spring Hill plant was established in 1989 as a production facility for the company’s new Saturn brand. However, Spring Hill produced its last Saturn in 2007, leaving that plant essentially idle. Production of the Chevrolet Traverse was moved to the plant shortly thereafter, but GM shifted Traverse production to Lansing, Michigan following its bankruptcy filing.

Since losing Traverse production, the plant has continued as a powertrain, stamping and component factory. However, the loss of the dedicated Traverse line cost the plant 700 jobs.

GM announced earlier this year that it will also produce its next-generation of Ecotec engines at its Tonawanda, New York plant. Production at Tonawanda is expected to begin in 2012. Both facilities will be capable of producing all Ecotec-variants, ensuring there aren’t any production delays.

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http://www.leftlanenews.com/gm-to-produce-next-generation-ecotec-engines-in-tn.html

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fightingbee    2

Also did the UAW ever get in there or are they still non union?

Spring Hill has always been UAW. It actually caused a little controversy there back in the early days when the (former) Saturn plant was being built, as most of the initial hires were GM workers from other areas rather than Tennesseans.

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GM to recall 400 UAW workers at Tennessee plant

By BILL POOVEY and TOM KRISHER

ASSOCIATED PRESS

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — General Motors plans to recall about 400 idled union workers to its plant at Spring Hill to build four-cylinder engines for its mid-size crossover vehicles, an official said today.

A person briefed about the new jobs provided the employee count to the Associated Press and said the recall is due to increased demand for the four-cylinder engines. The person did not want to be identified because the plan has not been made public.

GM spokeswoman Sherrie Childers Arb declined to comment today about the jobs but said a media advisory about a Friday announcement at the plant in Tennessee was forthcoming.

The automaker laid off about 2,000 workers at Spring Hill last year and about 800 of those workers have relocated to GM plants in other states.

In the U.S., the engines built at the Spring Hill plant go into the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain midsize crossover vehicles, the Buick LaCrosse luxury sedan, and the Buick Regal midsize sedan, all of which are selling well.

UAW Vice President Joe Ashton is scheduled to be in Spring Hill on Friday to help make the announcement, the source said.

GM is considering a move to offer only four-cylinder engines in its midsize vehicles, although it was unclear if that would be announced on Friday.

United Auto Workers Local 1853 President Mike O’Rourke declined to comment today about the jobs but described what he had heard about a Friday announcement as “good news.”

“If this is true, this is a fantastic start,” O’Rourke said.

He said he and others in Local 1853 leadership are continuing “to work diligently to get all our membership back to work.”

The prospect of GM adding jobs is also welcome news in Maury County, which had a 14.5 percent unemployment rate in July.

Debbie Hargis is the office manager at Bagsby Tractor and Truck Service in Spring Hill, which worked on trucks for a company that hauled vehicles for the GM plant. She said the jobs are “going to help Spring Hill a great deal. When people get hired on, it creates more of everything for the area.”

She said “every business in this area has felt the effect” of the layoffs.

The Detroit Free Press, citing an anonymous source, first reported GM’s decision to expand its engine building at the plant south of Nashville.

GM laid-off workers last year when it moved production of its Chevrolet Traverse after a $600-million overhaul of the Spring Hill plant, where GM two decades earlier started building the Saturn brand.

Read more: GM to recall 400 UAW workers at Tennessee plant | freep.com | Detroit Free Press http://www.freep.com/article/20100914/BUSINESS01/100914070/1210/business01/GM-to-recall-400-UAW-workers-at-Tenn.-plant#ixzz0zYUikYfe

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fightingbee    2

Hopefully they will be able to produce a vehicle there again in the near future.

I don't know about the Traverse but when they built Saturns there the workmanship was top notch IMO, especally considering some of the actual hardware they were assembling at times was much less stellar.

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My 08 HHR SS Turbo was built in Spring Hill. They later moved the Turbo to Germany and sent them to Mexico to install from what I was told.

I am glad they are going back as it is a newer plant.

Also did the UAW ever get in there or are they still non union?

For someone who purports to know everything about GM, you sure don't! Behold UAW Local 1853! :smilewide:

Link: http://slidesha.re/9xqtns

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hyperv6    774

Spring Hill has always been UAW. It actually caused a little controversy there back in the early days when the (former) Saturn plant was being built, as most of the initial hires were GM workers from other areas rather than Tennesseans.

Thanks my bad!

It had been a while since I had read much on the plant and could not remember what they were. So many other MFG plants are non union in TN for many companies it is easy to confuse them at times.

Now that you mention it I remember now a story on some workers came from the Pontiac MI plant after the Fiero died and went to Saturn during the start up.

It is a nice plant I hope they see action soon. GM sounds like they are wanting to put a new line in.

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GM will begin production of Ecotech engines in former Saturn plant

Vanessa R. Williams

Automotive News -- September 15, 2010 - 4:12 pm ET

General Motors Co. plans to build its next-generation four-cylinder Ecotech engine at its former Saturn plant in Spring Hill, Tenn.

The Ecotech 2.4-liter engines are designed to provide reduced noise and friction while achieving 182 hp and 172 pounds-feet of torque. The engine’s direct-fuel-injection feature can reduce cold-start hydrocarbon emissions 25 percent.

The all-aluminum engine features chain-driven, dual-overhead camshafts; variable valve timing; electronic throttle control; and automatic tension adjusters for the timing chain, GM says.

The company plans to begin production in Spring Hill in 2013 and in a plant in Tonawanda, N.Y., in 2012, an unidentified GM spokesperson told the Detroit Free Press. The Spring Hill plant currently builds Ecotech engines for the GMC Terrain and Chevrolet Equinox crossovers and the Chevy Malibu, and Buick Lacrosse sedans.

The former Saturn assembly portion of the plant was idled last year in the wake of GM’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization.

The plant plans to recall 1,045 workers for powertrain production. In the future, the Spring Hill and Tonawanda plants will make all versions of the engines.

GM said it plans to make a formal announcement about the plans Friday at the Spring Hill plant.

Read more: http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100915/OEM01/100919905/1266#ixzz0zhsKfzSR

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GM announcing engine jobs at Tennessee plant

Associated Press

Spring Hill, Tenn. -- General Motors is revving up its Spring Hill plant, starting with a recall of hundreds of idled workers to build four-cylinder engines.

A person briefed about the new jobs has said executives of the automaker are announcing today that about 400 workers will be recalled to build the engines for mid-size crossover vehicles.

GM plans to invest millions to build the next generation of the company's Ecotec four-cylinder engine, the person said. The factory already builds three four-cylinder engines.

The automaker laid off about 2,000 workers at Spring Hill last year and about 800 of those workers have relocated to GM plants in other states.

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20100917/AUTO01/9170411/1148/GM-announcing-engine-jobs-at-Tennessee-plant#ixzz0zn95yWHC

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General Motors invests $483 million in Spring Hill facility, rehires 483 workers

by Zach Bowman (RSS feed) on Sep 17th 2010 at 1:01PM

General Motors has announced that it will invest a total of $483 million in its Spring Hill, Tennessee powertrain facility by 2012. The news comes as GM continues to move toward building more fuel-efficient engines. The automaker says that the next-generation Ecotec four-cylinder engine, complete with direct-injection, will be built in the Spring Hill plant. Those funds will also go toward bringing back a total of 483 workers that have been idle since last year.

In 2009, the company laid off 2,000 workers at the Spring Hill facility as part of its restructuring efforts, though 800 of those individuals relocated to other GM plants around the country. Even so, that didn't do much for the economy in Maury County, Tennessee. According to the Associated Press, the locality has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state – 14.5 percent in July.

Until now, the future of the Spring Hill plant had been more than a little uncertain. The facility was originally designed to produce Saturn vehicles, but was reworked to produce the Chevrolet Traverse to the tune of $600 million. GM then pulled Traverse from the plant last year.

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http://www.autoblog.com/2010/09/17/general-motors-invests-483-million-in-spring-hill-facility-re/

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GM ADDS 483 ENGINE-BUILDING JOBS TO FORMER TENNESSEE SATURN PLANT

By Andrew Ganz

Once known as a mecca for Saturn owners, General Motors' Spring Hill, Tennessee, production facilities have been the sight of much turmoil over the last few years as the automaker has temporarily and indefinitely shuttered parts of the plant.

Now, GM says that it will spend about $483 million to re-hire 483 workers to build engines at the facility located about half an hour south of Nashville. Earlier this week, GM confirmed its intentions to build four-cylinder engines at the plant.

GM says that, in accordance with the United Auto Workers-GM National Labor agreement, it will recall laid-off employees who once built Saturns and Chevrolet Traverses at the plant.

Spring Hill currently builds three variants of GM's Ecotec-branded four-cylinders: A 2.4-liter direct-injected version used in the Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain, Buick LaCrosse and Buick Regal, as well as the Mexican-market Chevrolet Captiva and Korean-market Daewoo Alpheon. It also builds a 2.0-liter direct-injected turbocharged unit used in the European Opel Insignia, the Regal and Chinese-market Buick LaCrosse. A 2.4-liter non-turbo also gets shipped to Korea for the Chevrolet Captiva and Opel Antara.

GM has not announced any plans to bring back vehicle assembly to the Spring Hill facility, which opened in 1990 as a dedicated Saturn plant.

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http://www.leftlanenews.com/gm-adds-483-engine-building-jobs-to-former-tennessee-saturn-plant.html

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