General Motors plans to invest $47 million to boost production of parts for fuel-efficient engines at its Defiance, Ohio, powertrain plant.
Tooling and other equipment will be purchased to allow GM to increase components used in the automaker's Ecotec 1.4 L engine and future small car and truck engines, the automaker said today.
The plant produces cylinder blocks, cylinder heads and crankshafts. In 2010, 5.8 million castings were produced at the plant, GM said.
"This investment reflects the growing demand for fuel-efficient vehicles, such as the Chevrolet Cruze, Volt and the all-new Sonic," GM Manufacturing Manager Arvin Jones said in a statement. "The products produced here will help our customers deal with rising fuel prices."
A GM spokeswoman wouldn't say whether the investment would directly create or retain any jobs at the Defiance plant, but said it would "provide some stability for that plant."
The plant employees 1,277 hourly and salaried workers.
The investments are part of a plan GM announced last month to invest $2 billion in 17 plants across eight states . Earlier this week, the automaker said it would invest $49 million in its Bedford, Ind., powertrain plant.