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GM to invest $47m in Defiance powertrain plant

ABR Staff Writer Published 13 June 2011

General Motors is planning to invest $47 million at its powertrain plant in Defiance, Ohio to ramp up its parts production that go into the company's small four-cylinder engine.

The company will purchase tooling and equipment to increase volume of components for the fuel-efficient Ecotec 1.4L engine and the next generation of small block car and truck engines.

The investment is part of company's $2 billion investment plan in 17 facilities in eight states of US.

The motor also will power the Chevrolet Sonic subcompact, which goes on sale later this year.

The Defiance plant opened in 1948, produces 5.8 million car parts per year and the plant was upgraded in 2010 to enable the facility to produce parts for the 1.4L engine.

GM Manufacturing manager Arvin Jones said, "This investment reflects the growing demand for fuel-efficient vehicles, such as the Chevrolet Cruze, Volt and the all-new Sonic. The products produced here will help our customers deal with rising fuel prices."

The Defiance plant now has about 1,300 workers.