General Motors announces plans to invest $40 million at its Pontiac Stamping Plant. The investment will be used to renovate the existing facility, and install new, highly flexible fabrication machinery and presses to support future electric vehicle production and various product applications.

General Motors recently announced yet another significant investment to improve its ability to produce a range of new electric vehicles. The historic Pontiac Stamping Plant is receiving a $40 million update to renovate the almost 90-year-old facility and add new, more flexible fabrication machinery.

Upgrades at the Pontiac Stamping facility include a new Flex Fab sheet metal fabricating technology that GM says will enable it to run repeatable, custom, and precise stamping, which will reduce costs for low-volume production applications. The automaker also notes that the Flex Fab system requires little to no additional tooling investments to create new stampings for upcoming vehicles.

 

The facility currently handles sheet metal stamping for vehicles produced at GM’s Factory Zero and Orion Assembly plants. Factory Zero recently received a $2.2 billion overhaul, preparing it for production of the brand-new GMC Hummer EV pickup, the Hummer EV SUV, and the upcoming Chevrolet Silverado EV.

The Pontiac facility also employs 122 people, 31 of which are salaried. General Motors notes that the work will lead to the creation of 20 new jobs at the plant. The investments in Pontiac add to a growing list of multi-million or billion-dollar checks that GM plans to write over the next few years as its electrification efforts heat up.

The GMC Hummer EV pickup will be first out of the gate in 2022, followed closely by its SUV counterpart. The Chevy Silverado EV is expected sometime in 2023. The refreshed Bolt and brand-new Bolt EUV will be built at the GM Orion facility, which itself will see a $402 million investment to support production.