GM to spend $185M on Spring Hill engines

Plant also will make next-gen Cadillac SRX

General Motors executives this morning said they will spend $185 million to add a line making small gas engines at its Spring Hill plant and also said workers there will produce the company's next Cadillac SRX mid-sized vehicle.

The moves by GM will safeguard hundreds of area jobs — the company said its engine plans will retain 390 positions — and make the Spring Hill plant one of six globally to produce the new small Ecotec engines. (Spring Hill workers now crank out three versions of the Ecotec model.) The company said last year that it planned to add production of two cars to the plant, a $350 million investment that will create or retain 1,800 jobs. The new SRX is the first of those vehicles to be announced.

“The new Ecotec engine family represents the most advanced and efficient small displacement gasoline engines in GM’s history,” said Arvin Jones, GM North America manufacturing manager. “It was a good business decision to produce this powertrain in Bedford and Spring Hill. Both teams have strong performance records, especially in quality.”

The current version of the SRX is being assembled in a Ramos Arizpe, Mexico-based facility that also makes two Chevrolet models.