General Motors announced plans today to build a manufacturing plant in Flint, Mich. that will produce the engines for the plug-in Chevy Volt and the 40-mpg Chevy Cruze. The factory will begin operations in 2010, the year both cars will go on sale.
The plant will allow GM to double its four-cylinder engine production by 2011, helping with the company’s shift toward more fuel-efficient cars. Inside the factory will be 300 work stations that will allow employees to build different four-cylinder engines as needed, potentially eliminating the need for new plant construction in the near future.
Although the factory won’t create any new jobs in the hard-hit Detroit area, it will allow GM to keep 300 hourly workers from another nearby engine plant that will be closing soon, reports CNN Money.
Flint, Mich. will be the new home of GM’s $370 million engine plant.