General Motors is reportedly in talks with political leadership in Missouri regarding expanding the company’s Wentzville, Missouri assembly plant. The alleged $1 billion investment would expand the plant that currently builds the company’s midsize pickups and utility vans.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports GM officials met with Missouri Governor Mike Parson to discuss the planned expansion. Details of the expansion have not been disclosed, but GM is allegedly seeking state and local incentives to help fund the expansion.
Various political leaders in the state have expressed positive remarks regarding the rumored expansion, but some are still cautious with their words, pending additional details from GM and state leaders negotiating the incentive package.
GM has also declined to comment in detail on the matter, only offering the following statement to the Post-Dispatch.
“GM regularly meets with communities and officials to discuss mutual priorities. Although we have no announcements or information to share at this time, we appreciate the willingness of state officials in Missouri to work with us on potential opportunities within the state,” stated spokeswoman, Kim Carpenter.
Digging into GM’s future product plans, it is likely the expansion of the Wentzville plant will be for the production of new midsize SUVs. GM has long been rumored to be working on SUV’s built atop the same body-on-frame architecture that underpins the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, both produced in Wentzville today.
Various supplier sources have listed a future GMC product based on the midsize truck architecture, sometimes listing it as the “GMC Jimmy.” The Jimmy name, of course, was last affixed to the body-on-frame Blazer-based SUV. Supplier documents indicate the new SUV will enter production in Wentzville in July 2020, which is timing that would lineup with an assembly plant announcement happening soon.
There’s little doubt GM will make a public announcement regarding the investment once the company has finalized details with the state of Missouri.