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Unloved Ex Saturn Plant to Get New Ecotec Engine

GM North America President Mark Reuss and Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen make announcement this Friday.

by on Sep.15, 2010

Some jobs returning to the under-used Spring Hill complex are better than none.

General Motors Company said today in a media invitation that it will make a powertrain investment announcement in its Spring Hill complex in Tennessee at 10 a.m. central time Friday.

The sprawling plant is only partially used since now defunct Saturn models were transferred to a now closed plant in Delaware and the Chevrolet Traverse model was moved out of state to Michigan.

Informed opinion from multiple sources has it that Spring Hill will make an upgraded version of the “Ecotec” four-cylinder engine in anticipation of increased need for more fuel efficient engines as more stringent emission and fuel economy regulations take hold starting in 2012.

The plant already makes four-cylinder engines for the popular Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain midsize crossover vehicles, and the Buick LaCrosse full-size sedan. Industry observers have it that GM is about to phase out larger and more fuel thirsty V6 and V8 engines in many of its models.

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Mark Reuss, GM’s North America president; Joe Ashton, United Auto Workers vice president – GM Department and governor Phil Bredesen will be at the press conference. UAW members are privately saying that some 400 laid-off workers will return to work.