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Innovative gear grinding technology to be used in GM’s St. Catharines plant

St. Catharines, ON -- General Motors of Canada, Oshawa, Ont., will make a C$116-million investment in its St. Catha...


St. Catharines, ON — General Motors of Canada, Oshawa, Ont., will make a C$116-million investment in its St. Catharines Engine Plant to manufacture key components for a new six-speed, front-wheel-drive automatic transmission.

The plant will use an innovative gear grinding technology that has not been used in high-volume automotive applications, to produce the new gear set that is assembled in the new 2007 model year transmission.

The investment will create approximately 100 new jobs in the St. Catharines facility.

Allen Green, GM Canada vice-president of personnel and operations said, “With the commitment and skills from the St. Catharines workforce and the CAW union, the St. Catharines plant has competitively earned this new business with their outstanding excellence and quality in manufacturing.”

The new six-speed transmission optimizes power with a smooth operation and is expected to offer up to 4% improvement in fuel economy over traditional four-speed automatic transmissions available in today’s front-wheel-drive cars.