General Motors is adding a second production shift at its Spring Hill, Tenn., plant to boost output of four-cylinder Ecotec engines.
GM spokeswoman Kristy Bergstrom said the expansion will help meet a projected increase in demand for the company's 2.5-liter Ecotec engine.
The 2.5-liter, four-cylinder Ecotec engine is used in the Chevrolet Malibu and Impala sedans. The plant also builds a turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder and a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine. The 2-liter engine powers the Buick Regal and Verano while the 2.4-liter powers the Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Equinox.
The addition of the second shift will happen in phases throughout 2014, said Bergstrom. With the majority of the 100 jobs being added at the beginning of the year.
"Openings will be filled by current Spring Hill complex employees. Any additional jobs will be filled with external candidates via a pre-populated applicant pool over the course of 2014," Bergstrom said.
The Spring Hill manufacturing site employs 1,868 people, including 1,577 hourly employees who are represented by UAW Local 1853.
Assembly operations at the complex ceased in 2009 as part of GM's restructuring but resumed in September 2012 when the plant began production of the Equinox crossover.
In addition to the engine and assembly plants, the site also supports stamping and component operations.
In August, GM unveiled plans to invest $167 million in the Spring Hill plant to produce two future mid-sized vehicle programs.