General Motors taps former Saturn plant for plastic parts

By Rhoda Miel | PLASTICS NEWS STAFF

DETROIT (May 13, 2:10 p.m. ET) — General Motors Co. is taking advantage of its in-house plastics operations in Spring Hill, Tenn., tapping into its capacity to make parts for the next generation of the Chevrolet Corvette and two other car models.

GM originally built the plastics operations in Spring Hill to injection mold and paint doors for its Saturn brand, but has continued to find use for the facility since halting Saturn production in 2007.

The unit turned out more than 940,000 parts for the Chevrolet Traverse crossover vehicle in 2010 and nearly 42,000 service parts for Saturn vehicles that remain on the road.

In early May, the company told workers it will add 13 jobs to the plastics unit as it adds work molding parts such as bumper fascia for the next generation Corvette, which is assembled at Bowling Green, Ky. It will add another nine jobs later to make parts for the Traverse and its sister vehicle, the GMC Acadia, when it gets a freshened exterior, a GM spokeswoman said.

Source: Plastics News

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