Rising GM Diesel Truck Demand Sparks Investment In New Facility

GM is expanding production capability again. Together with Isuzu, GM is in the beginning stages of opening a new $175 million facility in Brookville, Ohio. The plant will create 100 new jobs and will be geared directly at delivering precision-machined components to the DMAX engine plant in Moraine, Ohio. DMAX supplies the HD Truck assembly plant in Flint, Michigan with Duramax diesel engines and is a joint venture with Isuzu Diesel Services of America.

The growing sales of the all-new 2020 GM Heavy Duty Truck has now been the driving force for GM adding 1,000 new jobs this year alone. Diesel specific sales has risen, necessitating the new growth. Preliminary work on the new facility in Brookville has begun and is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. The 100 new manufacturing jobs will expand the production of critical engine components, supplying DMAX to aid in faster production.

“Strong demand for GM’s all-new family of Chevrolet and GMC heavy and medium-duty pickups is driving us to find ways to build more Duramax diesel engines,” said Gerald Johnson, GM’s executive vice president of Global Manufacturing. “The Brookville investment will enable us to machine more engine blocks and heads and ultimately enable our DMAX engine plant in Moraine to build more 6.6-liter diesel engines for our Flint truck assembly plant.”

The Duramax 6.6-liter V-8 turbo-diesel has been a solid staple in the GM lineup for many years. Since 1999, DMAX has produced more than 2 million diesel engines, and there is no end in sight.

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