Tech Tour: General Motors Baltimore Operations

Tuesday, May 24 (10:30 AM-1:00 PM)
Estimated length: 1 hour on site with 15-20 minutes Q/A (not including travel time)

GM Baltimore Ops Plant TourThe General Motors Baltimore Operation is a highly green and environmentally friendly plant. We continue to be land fill free and recycle 90% of our waste, with the rest going to waste energy. The campus is powered in part by a 1.23 megawatt rooftop solar array, generating about 9 percent of our annual energy consumption. Also, a certified Wildlife Habitat resides on plant property promoting Maryland native flora and fauna.


  • January 2010 – $111 million for building addition and process equipment to build high-volume global rear-drive electric motors
  • April 2010 – $23.5 million for additional production of vehicle electrification components

Products & Production

  • A1000 Transmission
    • 2012 CY produced – 81,518
    • Goes into 2500/3500 Series Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Full Size Pick-Up Trucks
  • 6-Speed Torque Converters Clutch
    • 2012 CY Produced – 299,759 (equals 2,564 transmissions)
    • Goes into the Full Size Pickups, Chevrolet Corvette and Camaro
  • Electric Drive Motors For Chevrolet Spark EV
  • Start of Production – January 2013
  • 2013 CY Production Total (ALL PRODUCTS) – 89,651
  • Total transmissions built since opening in 2000 – 1,508,689


  • June 2014 – GM Baltimore Operations was recognized with a Project of Distinction Award for the solar array on top the eMotor plant from PVA America. This award recognizes excellence in the industry, and acknowledges projects such as the solar array as a driving force behind the success, growth, and future of solar.
  • November 2013 – Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame inducted GM Baltimore Operations for being highly green and environmentally friendly.
  • 2013 – Recertified by the Wildlife Habitat Council for maintaining and improving the wildlife habitat on the grounds.
  • June 2012 – GMBO was among the winners of the Maryland Green Registry Leadership Awards. We are the only manufacturing facility that has won it twice since they started the award in 2010. The award recognizes organizations that have shown a strong commitment to sustainable practices that achieve measureable results.
  • November 2011 – GMBO earned the Wildlife Habitat Council certification for creating and enhancing a wildlife habitat on their grounds.
  • April 2011 – GMBO was named 1st Place Winner in Baltimore Business Journal‘s Annual Green Business Awards event. The event is held annually to recognize those companies who have gone the extra mile to make the Baltimore Metropolitan area a cleaner, greener environment to live and work in.

Community Involvement

  • 2013 Economic Impact:
    • Wages: $23.2 million
    • Payroll Taxes: $5 million

Capacity: 30

Requirements to participate onsite

The guidelines listed below are requirements in order to enter the facility. Visitors who do not comply with the guidelines listed below will not be admitted.

  • Foot Protection – Enclosed shoes with heels no greater than 1 ½” are required, shoes should be slip resistant. (High heels, sandals or open toe shoes are not permitted)
  • Leg Protection – Long pants must be worn. (Shorts or dresses are not allowed)
  • Eye Protection – Safety glasses are required on the shop floor, they will be provided if you do not have a pair.
  • Rings are allowed
  • All visitors are required to watch a safety video prior to entering the plant and expected to adhere to all plant safety rules
  • There is no smoking in the facility
  • No photography, video, or audio recording is permitted without prior written GM approval
  • Non-GM computers require a security sweep before being allowed into the plant, allow at least 15 minutes for the sweep
  • Food and drink are limited to the cafe and are not permitted on the production floor