DETROIT -- General Motors is expected to add a material sequencing operation at its plant in Fort Wayne, Ind. The expansion will create more than 100 jobs, a GM insider says.
Material sequencing takes parts and organizes them so that vehicles can be built more efficiently.
The announcement is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 31, at the plant. General Manager of Manufacturing Joseph Spielman is expected to make the announcement.
A source who spoke on condition of anonymity says GM is investing more than $34 million so that the sequencing will serve the new GMT900 program. GMT900 is GM's new full-sized truck and SUV line.
A GM spokesman declined to confirm the announcement saying it is still a study. "GM is reviewing a potential investment of more than $30 million for Fort Wayne assembly," says Dan Flores, GM manufacturing spokesman.
The new facility would require slightly more than 100 employees, Flores says, but he emphasizes those would not be new hires.
In January 2005 GM said it would invest $175 million in the Fort Wayne plant to prepare it for the GMT900 program. The expansion will add nearly 300,000 square feet, the source says.
The Fort Wayne plant opened in 1986 and employs 2,900 hourly workers. GM builds the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups there. New versions of those vehicles are slated to start production this year.
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