GM investing almost $1.3 billion in new manufacturing sites

America's heartland is getting an economic boost as General Motors announced it will be investing nearly $1.3 billion in new manufacturing facilities in several states throughout the Midwest.

The main purpose of the investment is to build manufacturing plants that will produce engine components for GM automobiles. MLive.com reported the new engine components will include a V6 engine, 10-speed transmission and a six-speed transmission. The new facilities will be located in Toledo, Ohio; Bedford, Ind. and Detroit, Flint and Romulus, Mich. Manufacturing recruiters will be glad to know the new manufacturing facilities will be looking to add 1,000 new jobs.

Michigan facilities will be receiving most ($1.21 billion) of the investment, MLive.com reported. Mark Reuss, executive vice president and North America president for GM, said at a meeting with employees the new plant in Flint will be getting half of the investment, which will be used for upkeep and to open a new paint facility.

"These paint shops are not casual investments," Reuss said. "These are investments in the future for a long time."

Toledo will be receiving $30.6 million to create the new six-speed transmission and Bedford will get $22.6 million.

The Detroit-based automaker has been very busy this year creating new manufacturing sites. MLive.com said this new nearly $1.3 billion will bring the total amount of investments for North American to $3.2 billion, with $2.8 billion going to U.S. productions. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said this is a tremendous step to help revitalize the state.

"We should be so proud of that investment in our state," Snyder said at a press conference. "If you look at what's going on in Michigan today, we're making a tremendous comeback because of this hard work."