By on February 5, 2021

General Motors will reportedly be making a $75 million investment into Toledo Transmission later this year. This follows an earlier $39 million investment from GM set aside for the eight-speed rear-wheel-drive transmission, which came as a package deal offering another $32 million for Defiance Casting Operations. 

News broke after an internal memo was sent to United Auto Workers Local 14. According to WTVG/ABC13, the letter states that the latest investment will be used to increase the plant’s production capacity for 10-speed transmission used on the automaker’s full-sized trucks. Tony Totty, president of UAW Local 14, explained that the investment would likely go toward adding a second shift. He also praised the investment as an indirect way to stimulate the local economy and grow the tax base.

“These commitments not only reflect confidence in the TTO team, but also showcases the sense of ownership and pride our employees have in the transmissions we build in Toledo,” he said.

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13 Comments on “GM Pouring $75 Million Into Toledo Transmission Plant...”


  • avatar
    ToolGuy

    Possibly related:
    https://youtu.be/zWIU4OZ9OTI?t=1610

  • avatar
    DenverMike

    In other news, the world’s largest mineable lithium field was recently found just south of the US border in the Sonoran Desert, also the heart of drug cartel territory. Between that and the poppy fields, the US may have to go to war with the cartels/Mexico.

    Stranger things have happened.

  • avatar
    Oberkanone

    Any of these investments to build EV components?

  • avatar
    golden2husky

    Glad they are not going the way of New Process Gear…

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    Jeff S

    Not quite as negative about the US and the coming of the New World. There have always been changes and for the most part we adjust to those changes. Do we get everything right? Of course not but eventually most of us accept the changes. GM will still get several decades out of this expenditure on their transmissions because ICE industrial and commercial trucks still will be in large use. For service and delivery EVs would make more sense particularly for local use but for heavy use such as construction and mining ICE will be predominant for many many years. Service and delivery service will help to make further technological changes that will make EVs more affordable and practical.

    As for EVs I will hold off on buying one but then I am holding off on buying any ICE vehicle waiting for the EVs to become more affordable with better, cheaper, and more compact batteries and more infrastructure to support charging. These things will happen but I can wait and many others will wait as well. Nothing against EVs but I am not any early adopter of any technology. Yes I realize that electric vehicles preceded ICE but there were a lot less people a century ago and many did not travel that far in their vehicles.

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    PrincipalDan

    Good for Defiance Casting Operations as well. That’s where my Grandfather put in his UAW years (early 50s to late 70s). Back when I toured that plant in the 1990s during my college years it was still just “GM Foundry” Defiance, OH. So many important components were being cast there it was on the Soviets first strike list during the Cold War.

    • 0 avatar
      sgeffe

      I figure that ANY manufacturing facility of any type would have been on the list! After seeing “The Day After” as a kid in 1983, my Dad said that we’d be gone in the first salvo because we were living just three miles from the tank plant in Warren, MI, which happens to be up the street from the GM Tech Center!

      When the sirens sound, best to go outside and watch it come down! “Incoming!!!” Poof!

      • 0 avatar
        3SpeedAutomatic

        FWIW, New Orleans was also on the Soviet “hit list” since it controls the mouth of the Mississippi River. Hit it and you lock up all the central part of the US.

        There was only one nuclear defense shelter in NOLA which was built above ground level since the water table is only one foot deep in the city. I was in absolute shock when I moved to upstate NY and noted all the real basements. I finally understood the “nuclear bomb” story lines on Twilight Zone episodes.

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