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GM Invests $167M, Adds 1,800 Jobs To Spring Hill For New Vehicle

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SPRING HILL, Tenn. – General Motors announced Tuesday that they will invest an additional $167 million and add 1,800 jobs to their plant in Spring Hill.

The new investment is for two projects. One includes an additional $40 million to an earlier announced $183 million to support a future mid-size vehicle program, bringing the new total investment to $223 million. It is expected to create or retain approximately 1,000 jobs.

They will also bring a second mid-size vehicle program with an investment of $127 million that will create or retain approximately 800 jobs.

"Today's announcement recognizes the commitment of Spring Hill employees and leadership," said Mark Reuss, president, GM North America. "As a team, they draw upon the plant's unique heritage and dedicated work force to deliver top quality for our customers."

The specifics for both programs will be shared closer to start-of-production, but the vehicles are expected to enter the market in 2016.

They will add to existing manufacturing operations at the site that include vehicle assembly, stamping, engine and component parts production. Currently, the plant employes 2,002 employees, with 1,697 UAW workers. Union officials said the announcement will essentially double the workforce.

"I would like to thank General Motors for its confidence that the highly skilled members of UAW Local 1853 can successfully build mid-size vehicles with high quality here at Spring Hill," said UAW Vice President Joe Ashton, who directs the union's GM Department. "The hard work and dedication of our members once again proves that we can competitively manufacture vehicles for the future right here in Tennessee."

Chevrolet Equinox production began in Spring Hill last year to meet growing consumer demand and support GM's Canada operations. The plant in Spring Hill was home to the former Saturn brand from 1990 to 2007.

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