General Motors Assembly Expansions, Fort Wayne, IN
Shambaugh & Son (Shambaugh) has been contracted by General Motors (GM) for multiple expansion projects at their truck and bus assembly plant in Fort Wayne, IN. Throughout the expansions, Shambaugh provided high-end, value-engineering solutions, aimed at reducing plant emissions and improving energy efficiency.
A key to each projects’ success was Shambaugh’s ability to leverage their extensive, detailed knowledge of the plant, which they developed as the lead electrical contractor when the facility was built. Thanks to their long-standing relationship, Shambaugh’s Electrical and Mechanical Divisions and GM’s design and construction team were able to work hand-in-hand to meet rapidly changing installation schedules and aggressive budgets.
In order to continue producing high-quality, industry-leading vehicles, GM determined it needed to perform multiple expansion projects at their Allen County facility, including significant electrical and mechanical upgrades. GM’s goal was to increase productivity and incorporate cutting-edge technologies, which would require a professional team with significant experience working in the automotive industry.
Shambaugh provided over 300,000 electrical labor hours of work during these projects, across an area of over 1.6 million square feet. During the process, Shambaugh delivered a wide variety of electrical and mechanical services, including:
- Medium- and low-voltage power distribution
- Highly efficient light-emitting diode (LED) building lighting
- Lighting control systems
- Fire and communication wiring
- Automation and tooling power
- Control integration
The finished projects include a new paint pre-treatment area and a renovated body shop, as well as an expansion of the plant's general assembly and logistic capabilities. One of the plant’s most innovative features is the new pre-treatment building's state-of-the-art cascade air system, which preheats air before it enters drying ovens – a process capable of decreasing gas usage by 20 percent.
General Motors (GM) is a multinational corporation that designs, manufactures, markets, and distributes vehicles. With an over 100-year history leading the industry, today GM remains one of the largest automobile manufacturers in the world.