GM Investing $109 Million in MI to Support 1.4L Ecotec Engine Production

General Motors has announced plans to invest $109 million in its plants in Flint and Bay City, Michigan to support engine production for GM’s current and future small cars.

“This investment marks the second major increase in engine and engine component output in less than six months – a sign that GM is moving quickly to meet growing demand for more fuel-efficient cars,” said Terri Burden, Flint Engine Operations plant manager.

The announcement follows the plans that GM announced in November 2010 to invest $151 milllion and protect 143 jobs in the Flint and Bay City plants. $84 million of the proposed $109 million will go to the Flint plant to increase production of the new 1.4L Ecotec engine, while $25 million will go to the Bay City plant that produces the connecting rods and camshafts for the small engine.

“I am very excited on behalf of all of our employees here at the Bay City Plant about our announcement today and very thankful for the cooperation and support from the community,” said Joe Mazzeo, Bay City plant manager. “This announcement comes about in part because of our great team and the focus we place on delivering great products, an outstanding work ethic and an excellent working relationship between our union and management team.”

The 1.4L Ecotec engine is currently used in the Chevy Volt and Cruze. It will also be used in the upcoming 2012 Chevy Sonic.