General Motors announced Thursday that it was on schedule to begin production of the new mid-size Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups in Wentzville this fall. This came after the arrival of 5.7 million pounds of stamping press components to its assembly plant.
When completed, the new press in Wentzville will produce about 50 different steel body panels and can produce as many as 3,000 parts in an eight-hour shift. The new stamping press will be operational in early 2015, giving the plant increased production capability and more flexibility to produce different vehicles, said Dave Baldridge, the plant’s communications manager.
GM will continue to produce the heavy duty Express and Savana vans, Baldridge said, but will discontinue manufacturing of the light-duty versions of those vans sometime in July because of a lack of demand.
GM said in a news release that building the trucks in Wentzville preserved and created 1,260 jobs at the plant. The steel stamping facility expansion will add 55 new jobs to that number. In total, the plant employs 2,400 workers.