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Spring Hill Plant Builds 2 Millionth Engine

According to UAW Local 1853 Chairman Mike Herron, Saturn's former Spring Hill Powertrain plant built its two millionth GM L-850 Ecotec 4-cylinder engine at around noon this past Wednesday (September 16th). The Tennessee-built engine is used in General Motors vehicles sold worldwide.

Flashback Friday: Inside the Former Saturn Spring Hill Manufacturing and Assembly Complex

Flashback Friday: Inside the Former Saturn Spring Hill Manufacturing and Assembly Complex

Saturn's former manufacturing facility in Spring Hill, Tennessee was as revolutionary as the brand's innovative cars and industry-leading retail sales and service experience. This state-of-the-art plant was located approximately 30 miles south of Nashville on Highway 31.

Flexibility Wasn't Enough for Former Tennessee Saturn Plant to Keep Building GM Vehicles

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Lindsay Chappell from Automotive News: Suppliers and workers at General Motors' assembly plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee, thought they had the inside track this summer when GM had to decide quickly where to build a new family of subcompact cars. The plant boasts a recent renovation, a history of good labor relations and the sort of innovative supplier-automaker partnership that automakers profess to seek. It wasn't enough.

Spring Hill Hopeful About Its Future, Saturn Will Continue to Have an Active Presence at Complex

Mike O'Rourke, president of UAW Local 1853, via the Tennessean: What we factually know is that the Spring Hill Manufacturing facility has been placed in GM's good-asset inventory and that, as of today, the Chevrolet Traverse, which currently is built in Spring Hill, is scheduled to move to Michigan in November.

Workers at the Spring Hill plant Face a Tough Decision

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Employees at the Spring Hill plant, former home to Saturn, face a tough decision in the coming month. By July 24th, they must decide whether or not to accept a buyout package that is being offered by GM. The Spring Hill plant currently manufactures the Chevrolet Traverse; however, production of the vehicles will stop in November. On the day GM filed for bankruptcy, they also announced that production of the Traverse would be moving to Lansing, Michigan.

General Motors, Saturn LLC, and Saturn Distribution Corporation All File for Bankruptcy Protection

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As expected, GM filed for bankruptcy protection this morning in a New York based Bankruptcy Court. Fritz Henderson, GM's CEO, told reporters that "Our agreement with the U.S. Treasury and the governments of Canada and Ontario will create a leaner, quicker more customer-and completely product-focused company, one that's more cost competitive and has a competitive balance sheet. This new GM will be built from the strongest parts of our business, including our best brands and products."

Former Saturn Plant Holds its Breath

G. Chambers Williams III from the Tennessean: GM and the government task force must agree by June 1 which of the automaker's remaining factories will close as it moves to become a smaller, more-efficient company. Spring Hill could be on the hit list, but no one will know until GM is ready to announce its newest round of plant closings, which could come as early as this week.

Manufacturing Plants Included in the Deal?

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In a morning press conference, GM's President and CEO, Fritz Henderson, updated the media on the state of the financially tapped company. He also added another interesting twist to the ongoing Saturn saga. According to Consumer Reports, "Henderson said GM would entertain offers on Saturn manufacturing plants and models in addition to the dealer and distribution network."

Tennessee Senators Fight to Save Spring Hill Plant

Bill Theobald from the Tennessean: Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker got a chance to pitch for survival of the Spring Hill plant during a meeting Wednesday with new General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson. The carmaker is planning to close several more plants, shed another 21,000 jobs, and dump its Pontiac brand as part of a restructuring designed to win further taxpayer support.

Vue 2-Mode, Spring Hill Plant May Not Survive GM Cuts

Sam Abuelsamid from AutoBlog: General Motors chief financial officer Ray Young held a conference call with bloggers to discuss the announcements made by CEO Fritz Henderson this morning. With whole brands and car lines being terminated in the coming months, it's clear that many more plants will be closed, but no further details have been announced.

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New Saturn Names Revealed

A credible source has revealed to SaturnFans.com the names of three upcoming Saturn products: Signal, Evoke, and Outlook. Neither Saturn nor GM have officially confirmed the names, but a quick search of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's online database shows that Saturn has in fact registered trademarks for them.