NewsPublic Affairs / August 22, 2016

GM To Spend $90M Upgrading Marion Plant

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GM says it will spend $90 million upgrading its Marion plant. - General Motors

GM says it will spend $90 million upgrading its Marion plant.

General Motors

MARION, Ind. -- General Motors will invest $90 million to upgrade its Marion Metal Center in Grant County, the company announced Monday.

The money will pay for new, high-tech equipment at the 60-year-old facility where the company employs about 1,400 people, supplying metal parts for GM vehicles across North America.

It's the largest investment the Indiana Economic Development Corporation has announced since late May.

It's also part of a string of investments by GM in Indiana. The company is doubling the size of its Fort Wayne plant and adding jobs at its Bedford facility.

"It certainly makes a statement that they're committed to these jobs, they're committed to these communities, and they're committed to our state," said Indiana Manufacturers' Association president Brian Burton.

GM didn't announce any new jobs as part of its investment, but Burton said it will help retain current jobs and potentially allow expansion in the future.

The IEDC is awarding GM $100,000 to help train current employees on the new equipment.

This story has been updated.

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