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GM Consolidating Powertrain Operations

Move to create 400 new jobs in suburban Detroit.

by on Jan.31, 2013

GM is betting the consolidation will help speed to market new powertrains, such as the turbo 2.0-liter Cadillac engine shown here.

General Motors is consolidating its far-flung engine and transmission operations in the Detroit suburb of Pontiac, and backing the move with a $200 million investment at its Global Powertrain Engineering Headquarters.

The move, which will create 400 new jobs in the Motor City, is part of a broader $1.5 billion effort to rejuvenate its operations in the US. Earlier this week, GM announced plans to invest $600 million at its massive Fairfax assembly plant in Kansas.

At the Global Powertrain Engineering center, the money will be used to build a new 138,000 sq.-ft. test wing, which is expected to be completed during the second half of 2014 and lead to the elimination of four leased buildings in three states.

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“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.