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General Motors this morning announced it will invest $788.7 million into our local GM Spring Hill Manufacturing Plant for an all-new, high-efficiency engine program, as well as projects to modernize the vehicle programs, creating 792 new jobs, and retaining 16 jobs.At the same time, GM announced a $118 million investment at its Bay City Powertrain facility in Michigan, creating 29 new jobs and retaining 67.Construction of the local plant expansion will begin in May and will last several years.“Spring Hill and its employees have earned a reputation for producing award-winning engines,” said UAW Local 1853 Chairman Mike Herron. “GM recognizes this and we’re thankful they are investing further in the future of this facility and this community.” The announcement at GM Spring Hill Manufacturing included attendance by Gov. Bill Haslam along with most of our local, state and federal officials, and a wide range of news media.“We want to congratulate and thank GM on another substantial investment in Spring Hill and its workforce,” Haslam said. “Tennessee is number one in the Southeast for job growth over the last year, and we continue to attract investment from companies that can choose to do business anywhere in the world. It is exciting for our entire state to see long-time partners like GM continue to invest in Tennessee and create high quality jobs here.”The Tennessee Valley Authority worked with government and company representatives in helping secure this investment announcement.GM-SPRING HILL BACKGROUND: Spring Hill Manufacturing opened in 1990 and produced Saturn vehicles until March 2007. It produced the Chevrolet Traverse from September 2008 until November 2009, and the Chevrolet Equinox from September 2012 until October 2015. Currently, the site operations consist of a flexible vehicle assembly plant producing the Cadillac XT5 and the GMC Acadia, an engine plant making 4-cylinder engines, a stamping plant, a body shop, a paint shop and two polymer injection molding operations. Engines and stampings are supplied to various GM assembly plants globally. The complex will begin building small block V8 engines by the end of 2016.