General Motors Co. has announced a multimillion dollar upgrade to its St. Catharines plant as part of a major plan to refurbish five of its North American factories with technology for building more efficient vehicles. The new spending means another possible 400 jobs and a secure future for the Ontario plant, and gives new hope to 250 workers who are on indefinite layoff following the near collapse of the automaker. In all the refurbishment plan will spend $890 million to upgrade factories in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, and to build a new eight cylinder engine at a plant in New York state.
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