GM doubles down in Spring Hill

Automaker adds two more cars to former Saturn site

General Motors is increasing its investment at the former Saturn site in Spring Hill and is adding the production of two more models, making good on a promise made to the union nearly two years ago.

The new investment brings the automaker's total commitment to the Maury County site to $350 million and will add two more cars — both midsize — to the existing commitment to manufacture the Chevrolet Equinox.

All told, GM expects to create or retain 1,800 jobs. The first 1,000 and $40 million were added to a previously announced $183 million investment that brought the manufacture of a mid-sized model back from Mexico. Another $127 million, with 800 jobs, is part of the second mid-size vehicle program.

GM did not announce what the vehicles will be nor when production will start, but the expectation is that, because of the existing factory infrastructure brought in for the Equinox, the new vehicles will be similarly sized midsize crossovers.

"Today’s announcement recognizes the commitment of Spring Hill employees and leadership," said Mark Reuss, president of GM North America. "As a team, they draw upon the plant's unique heritage and dedicated work force to deliver top quality for our customers."