General Motors will invest $788.7 million for an all-new, high-efficiency engine program, as well as projects to modernize the vehicle programs at its Spring Hill Manufacturing Plant, creating 792 and retaining 16 jobs. At the same time, GM announced a $118 million investment at its Bay City Powertrain facility, creating 29 and retaining 67 jobs.
Since 2010, GM has announced investments of more than $2 billion for the Spring Hill operations. This includes a $148-million investment announced in February to reprogram flexible machining and assembly equipment to build V8 engines.
Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) then a freshman in 2008 played a key role in the GM and Chrysler bailout debates that it now turns out has saved an untold number of U.S. working-class jobs. Corker, in what now is an extinct Republican species, looked for compromise and concessions. His party rebuffed him.
Spring Hill – the site of one of GM’s greatest corporate screw ups when it didn’t support the “Modern Operating Agreement” with the UAW and abandoning millions of happy Saturn customers who shunned Japanese small cars – is the latest example of how highly automated manufacturing is no longer creating jobs for people.
“This investment will help GM and our workforce continue to put the customer at the center of everything we do, providing them with powertrain solutions to meet their changing needs,” said Arvin Jones, GM North America manufacturing manager. “Today’s announcement reinforces our absolute faith in this facility, and our strong commitment to this community and the state of Tennessee.”
Well, yes. But the real political debate this election year should be how the U.S. moves toward a “job creating economy.”