GM Investing $1.5 Billion to Build Next-Gen Colorado, Canyon

General Motors is getting ready for a new generation of its midsize pickups, and that means it’s time to spend a whole lot of cash on the plant that builds them.

The announcement today was that the automaker was going to invest $1.5 billion to bring the next-gen Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon to market. $1 billion of that is going directly to GM’s Wentzville, Mo, truck plant, which is the current home to the pickups.

“Through this investment, General Motors is making a firm commitment to the State of Missouri, the City of Wentzville and the GM Wentzville team,” said Mark Reuss, GM president. “This is part of our comprehensive strategy to invest in growth areas and strengthen our U.S. manufacturing base. GM sells more pickups than any other automaker and we have aggressive plans to build on our strengths.”

GM has sold more than 700,000 Colorados and Canyons in the U.S. since the midsize trucks were reintroduced in 2013.

The automaker says that the money will be spent on upgrades to the paint shop, body shop, and general assembly areas of the plant, which will see new machines, new conveyors, new controls, and tooling for the new models. GM says that the investment means around 4,000 jobs will be retained at the plant, so there doesn’t appear to be an expansion for the new models. Wentzville is also home to the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans.

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