GM Invests $185M To Build More Ecotech Engines In Tennessee

Updated Aug 28, 2014

EcoTech Spring Hill Engine PlantGM’s Spring Hill, Tennessee Ecotech plant receiving $185 million to meet growing demand for smaller engines

General Motors will invest $185 million to make small-dispacement Ecotec engines at its Spring Hill, Tenn. manufacturing complex, while spending an additional $48.4 million  or the Bedford, Ind. powertrain castings plant. 

Both investments support GM’s new small displacement engine, which is part of an all-new Ecotec engine family that will be used by five GM brands in 27 models by the 2017 model year.

The 2.5L Ecotec, the base engine for the 2015 Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon mid-size pickups coming to dealers later this year, is part of Spring Hill’s expanding engine building portfolio.

Spring Hill is among six manufacturing locations around the globe that will produce Ecotech engines.

“The new Ecotec engine family represents the most advanced and efficient small displacement gasoline engines in GM’s history,” said Arvin Jones, GM North America manufacturing manager. “It was a good business decision to produce this powertrain in Bedford and Spring Hill. Both teams have strong performance records, especially in quality.”

GM Spring Hill currently manufactures the award-winning Ecotec 2.0L turbocharged direct injection 4-cylinder engine, the Ecotec 2.4L direct injection 4-cylinder engine and Ecotec 2.5L direct injection engine, which powers the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu,  Chevrolet Impala and soon-to-be-released Chevy Colorado.

Bedford currently produces transmission casings, converter housings and small gas engine blocks.