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GM SUVs, jobs for factory in Spring Hill, Tenn.

New Cadillac and GMC crossovers join Chevy Equinox.


DETROIT — General Motors and government officials were to announce new vehicles and jobs at a sprawling factory complex in Spring Hill, Tennessee.

The plant is to get new Cadillac and GMC crossover SUVs in addition to its current product, the Chevrolet Equinox.

The state said in a July 11 news release that a nearby company was expanding to make parts for new GMC and Cadillac vehicles at Spring Hill.

ABC Group plans to invest $25.5 million in its Gallatin, Tenn. plant, adding 180,000 square feet and creating 230 jobs. The expansion will increase capacity to build consoles, interior trim and floors for new GMC and Cadillac vehicles to be made at Spring Hill, said the news release from the state Department of Economic and Community Development.

GM is reworking the Equinox and its sister vehicle, the GMC Terrain. The Equinox went on sale in 2009 as a 2010 model and has done well, but it’s competing against newly redesigned crossover SUVs such as the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. It’s also possible that GM is reworking the Cadillac SRX crossover.

In 2011, GM said it would invest millions in the Spring Hill plant and create 1,200 more jobs. The 6.9 million-square-foot former Saturn complex now employs 1,615 hourly and 338 salaried workers, plus another 391 who work for parts suppliers.

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