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Business ‘strong’ at Saginaw site: GM

Keywords: Tags  SMCO, Saginaw Metal Casting Operations, Michigan, Aleris, specification alloy plant, closure, aluminum castings, V6 engine components Michael Cowden

CHICAGO — Business at General Motors Co.’s Saginaw Metal Casting Operations (SMCO) in Michigan is "strong" despite the planned closure of Aleris International Inc.’s specification alloy facility in the same city, the automaker says.

"Our SMCO business remains strong and the future is bright, as demonstrated by recent investment announcements," a spokesman for Detroit-based GM said in an e-mail to AMM on May 31.

GM in April announced plans to boost spending to support production of components for a new V6 engine (, April 8). Among those plans is an expected $256-million investment at SMCO to make castings for the new V6, a $41-million increase from previous projections.

But the automaker declined to say whether Aleris’ specification alloy facility supplied SMCO. "We do not share specifics about our supplier relationships," the GM spokesman said.

Aleris plans to close the Saginaw facility by the end of the year as a result of a change in demand from a "nearby customer," the Cleveland-based aluminum company said (, May 29). Aleris declined to name the customer, but the facility was known to have supplied GM (, May 29).

Aleris’ Saginaw facility was built in 2000 to supply molten aluminum, according to the company’s website.

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