General Motors will spend about $30 million to upgrade its Saint Louis-area manufacturing plant over the next two years.
No new jobs will be created, but a GM executive says the move helps ensure jobs will remain at the plant and that quality will improve. Full-sized Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans are made at the site.
The money will be spent on installing two new presses. Used in the first stage of production, the presses turn sheet metal into roofs, doors, hoods and other van parts.
Missouri ranks third nationally in auto assembly, producing about eleven percent of the nation's automobiles. Only Michigan and Ohio produce more.
The plant produced about 174,000 vans last year.