General Motors has announced its plans to invest $45 million at its Bedford, Indiana, aluminium die-casting foundry.
According to a press release from the company, the investment will be made to expand the facility's production capacity of EV drive unit castings to support the anticipated strong demand for the Chevrolet Silverado EV and GMC Sierra EV full-size pickups.
Phil Kienle, Vice President- Manufacturing and Labour Relations- North America, GM, noted that the Bedford operation is one of the leading aluminium die-casting facilities in the world, and this additional investment is an investment in the Bedford team and their commitment to excellence.
'The investment helps build job security for our Bedford team for years to come as we continue to prepare our entire manufacturing footprint for an all-electric future,' he added.
Ray Curry, President, UAW, said, 'UAW local members’ skill, training and craftsmanship contribute to the success of this facility, and this investment highlights the role they will play in GM’s future EV growth.”
In December 2021, GM announced a more than $51 million investment at Bedford to install new, state-of-the-art equipment.
These equipment supports drive unit castings production for the Chevrolet Silverado EV and various other casting applications.
With this, the one million square foot site began producing electric drive unit castings used in the 2022 GMC Hummer pickup.
Notably, Since 2011, GM has invested more than $456 million in Bedford Casting Operations.
GM’s Bedford plant opened in 1942. The site’s nearly 680 hourly and salaried workers manage die-casting processes that produce cylinder blocks, transmission cases, structural components and drive unit housings used in Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles.