GM to invest $175 million in Ft. Wayne assembly plant
The investment will primarily be used to upgrade the plant with new machinery, equipment and special tooling in preparation for the new vehicles. The upgrades at the plant began in early December of 2004. The Ft. Wayne Assembly facility consists of just over 2.5 million square feet of enclosed space. It currently builds versions of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup truck. Ft. Wayne is also the home of the world's first full-size hybrid pickup truck. Approximately 247,000 pickup trucks were produced at the auto facility in the 2004 calendar year. "GM's $175 million investment in Ft. Wayne is further proof that the community remains an important part of GM's manufacturing plan," said Joe Spielman, GM vice president and general manager of manufacturing. "This truck project is key in our efforts to strengthen our core manufacturing capabilities in the US and Indiana."