GM Invests $133 Million for New Press at Wentzville Plant
Total spending for new midsize pickups rises to $513 million
WENTZVILLE, MO--June 26, 2013: General Motors will invest $133 million to add a third stamping press to its Wentzville Assembly and Stamping plant, with the potential for creating or retaining approximately 55 jobs.
GM will build and equip a 114,000-square-foot stamping plant addition to make manufacturing more flexible at the site. Construction will begin in July, and GM expects the press to be operational by early 2015.
Wentzville is the home for GM’s full-size vans – the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana – and is undergoing construction for production of GM’s next-generation midsize pickups, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.
This investment adds to the $380-million investment GM announced in November 2011 to prepare the plant for midsize pickup production.
“Our investment in a third stamping press is a win for the business, Wentzville employees and our customers,” said Larry Zahner, manufacturing manager, GM North America. “Stamping parts where we assemble vehicles improves manufacturing efficiency and contributes to the high level of quality our customers deserve.”
Wentzville Assembly employs approximately 2,000 employees across two shifts. The new press will increase the plant’s capacity in stamping fenders, doors and other key components for the new pickups and full-size vans.
“I want to congratulate UAW Local 2250 and the Wentzville workers for their ongoing commitment to delivering quality vehicles,” said UAW Vice President Joe Ashton, who directs the union’s GM Department. “This investment further demonstrates the confidence GM has in this team and its hard work in serving our customers.”
With this latest investment in the Wentzville operation, GM continues to be a strong partner in supporting the local and state economies, as well as community activities. Last year alone, the plant and its employees provided $205,000 in support to the United Way, Make-A-Wish Missouri, March of Dimes and St. Charles Community College, among others.
"The automotive industry continues to invest in Missouri because we combine a low-tax, business-friendly environment with a workforce that is second to none," Gov. Jay Nixon said. "We're very pleased that General Motors is again expanding operations at its Wentzville plant. Investments by global brands like GM have helped keep Missouri's unemployment rate below the national average for 45 consecutive months. Today's announcement is another great win for Missouri workers and our economy." GM Wentzville by the numbers:
Year opened: 1983 Employees: 2,000 Union: Local 2250 Facility size: 3.7 million sq. ft. of manufacturing space on 438 acres
Significant Wentzville Dates:
June 1980 Plant groundbreaking December 1983 First vehicle produced September 1989 1,000,000 th vehicle produced December 1995 First full-size van produced May 1996 Stamping plant groundbreaking June 2001 Retooling for GMT 610 full-size vans February 2003 1,000,000 th van produced December 2010 2,000,000 th van produced November 2011 $380-million investment for midsize pickups May 2012 Groundbreaking for new body shop June 2013 $133-million investment for new stamping press