Upgrades to the Bedford plant are to support production of drive unit castings for new Silverado all-electric pickup. The facility has already launched drive unit castings for GMC Hummer EV pickup and SUV
GM plans to invest more than $51m to install state-of-the-art equipment at its Bedford, Indiana aluminium die casting foundry to support the manufacture of drive unit castings for the upcoming Chevrolet Silverado EV and other current casting applications.
The renovation work will begin immediately at the facility. Earlier this year, the 1m sq-ft site began producing electric drive unit castings for the 2022 GMC Hummer EV pickup and 2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV. Production of the Hummer EV pickup will begin this month at GM’s Factory ZERO assembly plant, located in Detroit and Hamtramck, Michigan.
“Our Bedford operation is one of the leading aluminium die casting facilities in the world and this investment is a testament of our confidence in the employees at Bedford,” said Phil Kienle, GM vice president of North America Manufacturing and Labour Relations.
The Bedford plant manages semi-permanent mould and die casting processes that produce cylinder heads, cylinder blocks, transmission cases, structural components, and drive unit housings used in Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles.