GM Adds New Jobs at Spring Hill

General Motors is slowly recovering from the economic recession that pushed it under Chapter 11 protection, so the company is constantly making new moves to increase production of certain products. GM's latest effort concerns the Spring Hill engine plant that will begin manufacturing the next-generation Ecotec four-cylinder engine and will bring back no less than 483 jobs, costing the company a total of $483 million.

All employees to fill the positions will be the ones who previously worked for General Motors but got fired as the company tried to cut costs and avoid bankruptcy.

“The engines made in Spring Hill will drive the success of GM to meet our customer demands for advanced powertrains which offer high fuel economy without sacrificing performance,"
GM North America President Mark Reuss said in a statement. “This new commitment to the Spring Hill team will help GM almost triple its North American production volume of four-cylinder engines with direct injection by 2012."

Production of the current Ecotec engine will be increased as well starting with the first quarter of 2011, the American carmaker said. At this point, the Ecotec engine is used on many GM models, including Chevrolet Equinox, Buick LaCrosse and GMC Terrain.

The Spring Hill plant however is building three types of Ecotec powerplants: Ecotec 2.4L with direct injection (DI) found in the Equinox, Terrain, LaCrosse, Buick Regal, Chevrolet Captiva (Mexico) and Daewoo Alpheon (Korea); Ecotec 2.0L DI Turbo used in models of the Opel Insignia (Europe), Buick LaCrosse (China), and Regal and Ecotec 2.4L Multiport Fuel Injection engines installed on Korean models such as Captiva and Antara.

“Both of these investments highlight the confidence the company has in the work force in Spring Hill to produce outstanding quality engines for our products of today and tomorrow,” Reuss concluded.
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