GM to Equip Baltimore Plant for Production of Electrification Components

Automaker will invest $23.5 million.

General Motors said it will invest $23.5 million in its Baltimore Transmission Plant for additional production of vehicle electrification components.

The Baltimore facility will be the first electric motor manufacturing plant in the United States operated by a major automaker, according to GM.

The investment, which will include assistance from federal stimulus funding, will create 11 job openings, according to the automaker.

In January, GM announced that it will spend $246 million investment to build a high-volume electric-drive production facility for its next-generation rear-wheel drive two-mode hybrid system. The addition of electric motor production, to begin in 2013, will take place in a separate facility to be built on the same site as the Baltimore plant.

The January investment will create about 200 jobs in three states, including Maryland.

"Designing and manufacturing electric motors at Baltimore Transmission allows GM to more efficiently control the design, materials and production processes as well as reduce costs and improve performance, quality, reliability and manufacturability," GM said in a news release.

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