General Motors appears intent on preparing some of its existing facilities as support actors for future programs. The company announced a $ 46 million investment in the metal stamping operation in Parma, Ohio, a town located about 20 minutes south of Cleveland that has nothing to do with the tasty cheese you put on pasta.
The investment will be used for equipment upgrades and other preparations at the facility to support as yet unnamed future product programs. Currently, the Parma facility produces sheet metal stampings and assemblies for multiple GM product programs across all four brands: Chevy, Cadillac, Buick and GMC. According to the company, the renovations will begin immediately. If only the contractors I’ve dealt with in the past were just as timely.
About 1,000 employees work in Parma, of which approximately 85% are classified as hourly and represented by UAW Local 1005. The plant is said to work over 800 tons of steel per day and provide services or support the majority of GM vehicles produced. in North America. Manufacturing processes include press lines or multiple formats, high-speed progressive presses and GMNA’s largest self-contained laser welding metal assembly operation of its kind.
“Our Parma operation is a long-time leader in metal stamping capabilities and this investment reflects our confidence in Parma employees,” said Phil Kienle, GM’s vice president of manufacturing and labor relations for North America. “This investment will help the Parma team continue to produce high quality sheet metal stamped parts for a variety of future GM products.”
Even if no one in the company is willing to talk about what projects are in the hopper, it’s a safe bet to assume that a lot of the work will be on electric vehicles. After all, Cadillac has made it clear that it plans to exist this decade as an electric vehicle supplier, and all of the other GM brands are committing to battery-powered vehicles of different shapes and sizes.
This investment comes on top of GM’s $ 6 million committed to the facility about a year ago. That money was part and parcel of a larger effort with the Tonawanda engine plant in New York to help GM increase production of the highly profitable Silverado 1500 and Sierra 1500 pickup trucks. In Parma, the money was spent on new metal assembly cells, a tricky decision as the location is responsible for most of the steel used in GM’s North American production.
Parma Metal Center has a long history as part of GM’s manufacturing efforts in this country, which dates back to 1948.
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