GM to build Cadillac SRX, new engine at Spring Hill plant

GM to build Cadillac SRX, new engine at Spring Hill plant

Posted: Updated: Aug 27, 2014 07:15 PM

General Motors announced Wednesday that the next-generation Cadillac SRX and a small gas engine line will be manufactured at its plant in Spring Hill.

Official word came from GM Manufacturing Manager Arvin Jones who spoke at the event held in the Spring Hill Manufacturing Welcome Center.

He was joined by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, U-S Senator Lamar Alexander and numerous other state, UAW and local leaders.

GM previously announced a $350 million investment into the Spring Hill plant for two future mid-size vehicles, one of which will be the Cadillac SRX.

Sources within the plant expect the other vehicle to be announced within the next six months.

The small gas engine line announced is a $185 million investment.

It will be used by five GM brands in 27 different models by 2017.

Producing the engine will create an estimated 390 jobs in Spring Hill. About 1,000 jobs are associated with the Cadillac SRX

“Today's announcement speaks volumes around the country and world about our state's business-friendly climate and strengths in automotive manufacturing, bringing us another step closer to our goal of making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs,” Governor Haslam said in a release Wednesday.

The Spring Hill plant has made a dramatic comeback since GM bankruptcy idled the facility's vehicle assembly line in 2009.

Since then, the facility began producing the Chevy Equinox two years ago while also operating an engine plant, and several other smaller production units involving painting, stamping and molding.

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