GM Is Investing $24 Million To Expand Truck Plant

The all-new Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups have been selling well and GM has decided to step it up. The Fort Wayne Assembly Plant in Roanoke, Indiana is getting another round of upgrades to the tune of $24 million. Over the last decade, GM has invested approximately $23 Billion into the plant, $1.2 Billion of that being since 2015.

The new Silverado 1500 and Sierra 1500 crew cab trucks began production during the second half of 2018. In the first quarter alone of 2019, there has been a 20 percent lead over the previous year’s sales. GM is projecting the second quarter to be a major increase as well. “We are building Chevrolet and GMC crew cab pickups at record volume and mix levels to meet customer demand and the $24 million investment will allow us to build even more,” said Mary Barra, GM chairman and CEO.

General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra meets with plant employees at the GM Fort Wayne Assembly plant Thursday, May 30, 2019 before announcing the company is investing $24 million in the plant to expand production of full size Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups in Roanoke, Indiana. (Photo by Ryan Hake for General Motors)

Barra is pleased with the crews building the trucks at Fort Wayne. “The team here at Fort Wayne has done an outstanding job helping us satisfy customers throughout this launch. Our product ramp-up was very smooth and the quality has been exceptional. Crew cab sales have been very strong, and we are expanding customer choice with new models, more cab choices and innovative new powertrains.”

The work to the plant is expected to be finished this summer. The money is being spent on improving the conveyor system and additional tooling to support the higher truck-building capacity.

Images provided by GM.

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