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
amm.com, 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
(amm.com, May 29). Aleris declined to name the
customer, but the facility was known to have supplied GM
amm.com, May 29).
Aleris Saginaw facility
was built in 2000 to supply molten aluminum, according to the