Duramax Celebrates 2 Millionth Engine Production
March 31st, 2017
The Duramax diesel engines can be found in everything from the GMC Sierra to the Chevy Silverado because they’re powerful and reliable. The L5P, which was recently introduced in the 2017 model year, is the most powerful and torque-rich Duramax engine ever. It's a 6.6-liter turbocharged V8 powerhouse that can put out 445 horsepower and 910 lb.-ft. of torque. With the latest upgrades, there’s a 19% increase in torque for better towing, according to The Drive. Before the most recent L5P came a lineup that was also favored by diesel enthusiasts from its first 32-valve, common-rail direct-injected 6.6L V-8 ancestor, the LB7.
Duramax has a reason to be proud. A group of 755 employees at the DMAX plant in Moraine, Ohio are celebrating the 2 millionth production of that engine. DMAX, Ltd. has grown its employment in the last few years and currently employs 554 hourly and 114 salaried employees for a total of 668 employees. It started back in 2000 as a joint venture between General Motors and Isuzu and they’ve cranked out 2 million ever since. The engines have been tweaked and tuned over the years to improve performance and keep up with the times. In 2014 $60 million was invested towards emissions improvements and a year later $82 million was put into plant production. But whatever Duramax is doing, it’s doing it right because, well, 2 million is a lot of engines!