GM Invests $1.2 Billion in Fort Wayne Truck Assembly Plant

May 27, 2015 12:00 PM EDT | Matt Mercuro


If you had any doubts about General Motor's commitment towards pickup trucks it might be time to find something else to worry about.

The Detroit automaker will spend a whopping $1.2 billion to upgrade its Fort Wayne, Indiana assembly plant where the company makes notable pickups like the GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado, according to GM.

So what exactly is GM investing in? How about an expanded body shop, new pre-treating paint operation, and updated truck assembly areas, just to name a few.

"Truck customers demand top quality," said Cathy Clegg, GM North America Manufacturing vice president in a company statement. "The upgrades at Fort Wayne Assembly will enable our team to continue delivering for them for years to come."

Earlier this year, GM announced plans to invest $5.4 billion across 40 production facilities in the U.S. in order to increase production within the decade.

Upgrades will take the automaker at least a couple years to finalize after work begins next month though truck production schedules are not expected to be affected at this time, according to GM.

Despite the long wait, GM seems excited about the upgrades and how they'll improve future company pickups.

"These new technologies and equipment will help fulfill the mission of the men and women of Fort Wayne Assembly and UAW Local 2209 to build the best full-size trucks available," said UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada in a company statement.

GM has not said if the upgrades will mean more job opportunities within the company. Currently, 3,800 employees work across three shifts at the plant.

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