GM announces new jobs, $48 million expansion at Bedford plant

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BEDFORD (Aug. 27, 2014) – General Motors will invest more than $48 million in its Bedford powertrain castings plant, creating or retaining 45 jobs.

The investment will support GM’s small displacement engines, which are part of the company’s Ecotec family that will power high-volume small car and compact-crossover vehicles. The Bedford facility will cast blocks for the engines.

The automaker also announced a $185 million investment to make small gas engines at its manufacturing facility in Spring Hill, Tenn. Both moves will help GM expand production of the engine, which will by used by five GM brands in 27 models by the 2017 model year.

The Ecotec portfolio includes 11 engines with three- and four-cylinder variants ranging from 1.0L to 1.5L – including turbocharged versions – and power ratings ranging from 75 horsepower (56 kW) to 165 horsepower (123 kW), and torque ranging from 70 lb-ft (95 Nm) to 184 lb-ft (250 Nm), according to GM.

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