GM Investing $200 Million to Expand Powertrain Engineering
Consolidation of four locations will help speed advanced propulsion
PONTIAC, Mich. General Motors will invest $200 million into its
Global Powertrain Engineering Headquarters to build a new 138,000
sq.-ft. test wing, which is expected to be completed during the second
half of 2014.
The plan is part of GM's previously announced commitment to invest
$1.5 billion in its North American facilities in 2013.
The expansion will enable the company to consolidate work being done
at four locations remote to the Pontiac campus, helping to reduce
development timing for GM's next-generation advanced propulsion
technologies. When the moves are complete, GM will have added
approximately 400 jobs to the Pontiac campus.
Under the expansion plan, engineering development work currently being
done at leased facilities in Wixom, Mich.; Castleton, Ind. and
Torrance, Calif., will move to Pontiac. Also, GM R&D's Propulsion
Systems Research lab in Warren, Mich. will relocate to the Pontiac
campus. GM previously announced that work being performed at its
hydrogen fuel cell facility in Honeoye Falls, N.Y., would be
consolidated in Pontiac in mid-2013.
"These moves will help our entire Powertrain team work more
effectively across the organization to develop the powertrain
technologies we need to build the world's best vehicles for our
customers around the world," said Sam Winegarden, GM vice
president of Global Engine Engineering.
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 the first quarter of 2014.
The new test wing is part of GM's Powertrain Development Center, used
by engineers to bring advanced, fuel-saving powertrains to market
faster and less expensively because they take less development time.
The 450,000 sq.-ft. facility is one of the largest and most
technically advanced powertrain development centers in the world.
The center's state-of-the-art facilities allow engineers to test
engines under extreme conditions, including cold ambient temperatures,
high RPMs, and repetitive starting and stopping, to assure world-class
durability, reliability and quality.
The work GM conducts at its Wixom Advanced Engineering Lab, including
electric motor engineering development and performance engineering,
will be transferred to Pontiac by mid-2015. Electric motor design and
production is a core business for GM in the development and
manufacture of electric vehicles.
The Torrance Advanced Technology Center's work on electric motor and
power electronics engineering development will be transferred to
Pontiac by the end of 2014. GM considers these technologies key to the
future of sustainable transportation.
Heavy-duty transmission, power electronics, hybrid and battery
electric drive unit development work done at Castleton will be
transferred to Pontiac by mid-2014. GM's work on heavy-duty
transmissions is core to its pickup truck development.
And GM R&D's Propulsion Systems Research Lab will be relocated to
Pontiac during the second half of 2015. This work is critical to
providing industry-leading technologies for GM's engines,
transmissions, and hybrid systems.
Having completed a consolidation of seven southeastern Michigan
Powertrain Engineering facilities in 2008, this wave of Powertrain
Engineering consolidation will allow GM to cut 640,000 square feet of
floor space and eliminate three leased facilities in the United