General Motors announced it would invest $127.4 million to update powertrain and structural components production systems at its aluminum casting plant in Bedford, IN. The automaker did not detail the improvements, nor the timetable for the project, which it said would be released at a future date.
More specifically, GM said the new investments would create more than 125 new jobs at the Bedford Casting Operations, where the workforce now totals approximately 700. “This investment in the future recognizes the excellent workforce at Bedford Casting Operations,” according to plant manager Lamar Rucker.
The Bedford plant is one of two GM’s aluminum casting operations in North America, where it produces transmission casings, converter housings, cylinder heads, and small gas engine blocks used in Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac vehicles.
The plant has been the object of several improvement projects by General Motors since its reorganization in 2010. According to GM, these projects have totaled more than $426 million.
The most recent project, in 2014, involved $27.3 million to to increase aluminum casting capacity for GM’s Ecotec small aluminum engine blocks.