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GM chief visits Spotsylvania Powertrain plant
GM chief visits local plant

Wagoner attends site's 25th-anniversary celebration

The head of General Motors visited the company's local production plant yesterday to help celebrate 25 years of making clutches here.

Rick Wagoner, GM's chairman and chief executive, toured the Spotsylvania County GM Powertrain facility, met with employees and spoke before county and economic development officials.

Wagoner, who grew up in Richmond, said part of what makes GM successful is keeping up with the latest technology and having a highly trained and committed work force.

GM also has received support from the community. Several officials were on hand for the celebration, including Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bob Hagan, county economic development director Gary Partridge and Fredericksburg Regional Alliance President Gene Bailey.

"That says a lot about the reason the plant has been so successful," Wagoner said yesterday. "There has been a spirit of support."

The Tidewater Trail plant produces torque-converter clutches for all GM vehicles with automatic transmissions. It is one of GM's smallest plants, and its only parts manufacturer in Virginia.

GM Powertrain guests yesterday toured the plant and heard employees describe the various phases of the clutch-building process. Parts made here are included in such models as the Chevrolet Trailblazer, Pontiac Grand Am, Cadillac DeVille and GMC Envoy. The Spotsylvania plant churned out more than 4.4 million parts last year.

GM's Delco Moraine division bought the plant in 1978 from American Poclain. That company took the property over from Westinghouse, which built a 65,000-square-foot plant there in 1970 to construct modular homes.

It became a GM Powertrain plant in 1993. The plant today employs about 270 workers.

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