CHICAGO General Motors
Co. will invest $200 million to construct a 138,000-square-foot
test wing at its global powertrain engineering headquarters in
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 GMs Advanced
Engineering Lab in Wixom, Mich.which includes electric
motor engineering development and performance
engineeringwill 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.
GMs 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 GMs 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
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.