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GM boosts Tenn. capital outlay by $167M

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CHICAGO — General Motors Co. is expanding its capital spending plan by $167 million to build new vehicles at its Spring Hill, Tenn., assembly plant.

The automaker didn’t specify which models will be added to the existing lineup at the plant.

The new outlay is in addition to $183 million already earmarked for the factory. These additional investments will retain or create roughly 1,800 jobs, GM said.

The Detroit-based automaker committed an additional $40 million to support a future midsize vehicle program, bringing the new total investment to $223 million, and committed $127 million toward a second midsize vehicle program.

GM will disclose the timing and product specifications for both programs closer to the start of production, it said Aug. 6. The new programs will add to existing manufacturing operations at the site, which include vehicle assembly, stamping, and engine and component parts production.

Located 40 miles south of Nashville, Spring Hill operates as a flexible assembly plant that’s capable of building a variety of products on a range of platforms. It’s designed to supplement output for plants being retooled for new products or add production to meet sales spikes in real time.

Chevrolet Equinox output began at the plant in the third quarter of 2012 to meet growing consumer demand and to support GM’s Canadian operations.

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