May 27, 2015
Melissa Burden

General Motors Co. said Tuesday it will invest $1.2 billion at its Fort Wayne Assembly Plant in Roanoke, Indiana, the latest announcement tied to the company's $5.4 billion in spending at U.S. plants over three years.

The Detroit automaker said Fort Wayne will get a new pre-treating paint operation, plus an expanded body shop; larger material parts sequencing centers; and upgrades to the general assembly area for light- and heavy-duty trucks. Work is set to begin next month and will take several years to finish, GM said.

The investment will not create any new jobs, but will retain about 3,800 jobs, GM spokesman Bill Grotz said.

"Truck customers demand top quality," Cathy Clegg, GM North America manufacturing vice president, said in a statement. "The upgrades at Fort Wayne Assembly will enable our team to continue delivering for them for years to come."

New construction at the plant is expected to add 1.5 million square feet of new space, according to the Indiana Economic Development Corp.

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