General Motors will invest $1.2 billion to expand its Fort Wayne truck assembly plant. The company says it’s among their largest manufacturing investments ever in the U.S.
The automotive company will expand and upgrade the existing facility which builds Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups. The investment will add 1.5 million square feet to the plant, including a new paint shop and expanded body shop. The plant currently employs around 3,800 workers.
The company says the upgrades will improve efficiency and reduce emissions.
Last fall, the Allen County Council approved more than $15 million in tax abatements for General Motors over ten years for the plant upgrade, and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered GM up to $500,000 in training grants. IEDC will also grant the community up to $5 million in infrastructure assistance.
Work on the expansion is expected to begin in June and will take several years.