General Motors is investing $61 million to bring its idled Spring Hill, Tenn., assembly plant back to life as a flexible manufacturing facility that will be capable of building any GM car or crossover vehicle.
The investment will create 594 hourly jobs and 91 salaried positions for the flexible operation, which is scheduled to begin with the Chevrolet Equinox in the second half of 2012. The additional production will supplement Equinox production in Canada, the main assembly sites of the midsize crossover vehicle and its sibling the GMC Terrain. The Equinox has been so popular – U.S. sales were up 18 percent in October – that GM has increased production three times since it went into production in 2009.
GM is also investing another $183 million for future midsize vehicles to be built at the Spring Hill plant, which is located about 40 miles south of Nashville.
Though the timing for that has not yet been announced, the investment is expected to create an additional 1,090 hourly and 106 salaried positions.