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GM consolidating, building $200M test site

Keywords: Tags  General Motors, powertrain development, propulsion laboratory, hydrogen fuel cell technology, consolidation of facilities, Pontiac plant, Corinna Petry

CHICAGO — General Motors Co. will invest $200 million to construct a 138,000-square-foot test wing at its global powertrain engineering headquarters in Pontiac, Mich.

Detroit-based GM will consolidate work being done at four separate sites to the expansion facility, which is slated for start-up in the second half of 2014.

Work at GM’s Advanced Engineering Lab in Wixom, Mich.—which includes electric motor engineering development and performance engineering—will be transferred to Pontiac by mid-2015. The Propulsion Systems Research lab in Wixom is also slated for relocation by the second half of 2015.

GM’s electric motor and power electronics engineering development will be transferred from Torrance, Calif., by the end of 2014.

Heavy-duty transmission, power electronics, hybrid and battery electric drive unit development work at GM’s Castleton, Ind., plant will transfer to Pontiac by mid-2014.

About 400 jobs will be created or relocated to Pontiac when consolidation is complete, GM said.

GM previously said it would relocate hydrogen fuel cell development to Pontiac from Honeoye Falls, N.Y., by mid-2013. The Performance Build Center at the Wixom facility is scheduled to relocate to the Chevrolet Corvette assembly plant in Bowling Green, Ky., by the first quarter of 2014.

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