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GM plant hosts open house, announces plans to produce new engine

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SPRING HILL, Tenn. – The General Motors plant in Spring Hill on Tuesday hosted an open house to announce plans to produce a new engine.

Around 1,200 workers work on the plant that produces two engines.

"We build 1,884 engines a day and we manufacture two cams for everything," site manager Terri Burden explained.

GM recently announced an additional product that will soon be manufactured at the Spring Hill plant.

"We see the new product coming in as a good sign for this site and we hope the market comes back and will dictate that GM will need additional capacity and we'll get another vehicle," Burden continued.

In 2009, the Maury County plant was forced to lay off more than 2,000 workers after a shutdown of the line that built GM's Chevy Traverse.

Despite many workers temporarily transferring to other GM plants, more than 500 workers remain laid off.

Mike Herron is the Bargaining Chairman for UAW Local 1853 and is thrilled about the new product coming to the area GM plant.

"That noise you hear in the background is that construction underway, readying this facility to build [the] LG engine," he said.  "It's a four cylinder engine that will [be] going into a majority of GM products."

Burden said she believes the new product is a positive thing for the plant.

"We see the new product coming in as a good sign for this site, and we hope the market comes back and will dictate that GM will need additional capacity and we'll get another vehicle," Herron continued.

GM officials also announced on Tuesday plans to donate $25,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank, which will provide 100,000 meals to Tennessee families in need.

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