General Motors is investing $40 million in the Spring Hill Global Propulsion Systems plant to increase capacity of the 5.3L V8 engines for its full-size truck and SUV programs.
The 5.3L V8 engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission and will be available for select full-size trucks and SUV, including Chevrolet’s Silverado, Tahoe and Suburban, was well as the GMC Sierra.
“This investment further solidifies GM’s commitment to our team and jobs for our community,” said Michael Youngs, GPS plant director.
The Spring Hill GPS facility in Tennessee currently produces three engines that power 13 of General Motors’ cars, trucks and crossovers. This investment adds to the previously announced $22 million investment in Spring Hill GPS made in early 2019 to build 6.2L V8 engines with advanced fuel technology. The 6.2L V8 engines power the Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon, GMC Yukon XL and Cadillac Escalade.
The plant, which began in 1990, has produced more than 6 million vehicles and 4.5 million engines. It is the largest GM facility in North America, sitting on 2,100 acres with 900 of those acres dedicated to farming and an additional 100 acres dedicated to wildlife habitat, inhibiting wetland and native grasses. The plant employs more than 3,700 workers, with the hourly workforce represented by UAW Local 1853.