Holden shuts engine plant at Port Melbourne

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General Motors Holden has produced the last engine at its Port Melbourne plant, with 175 jobs finishing up ahead of the end of its Australian manufacturing operations in 2017.

Holden said that the last engine, for a V6 Commodore, came off the line at around 10.35 am yesterday. It has produced over 10 million engines since 1948 at the site, which was bought by the Victorian government in September.

The company has stockpiled enough of its 3.0 and 3.6 litre six-cylinder engines to last until the end of next year, when it will make its last car in Australia, reports Drive.com.au

AAP reports that the team at Holden Engine Operations was awarded a company-wide General Motors award for Most Valuable Plant for Productivity just months ago.

Chairman Mark Bernhard said it was an emotional time, but the company would maintain a large presence in Australia.

“This includes more than 300 people in our local design and engineering workforces across our world-class design studios in Port Melbourne and the outstanding Holden Proving Ground in Lang Lang,” he told AAP.

According to Holden, the 175 positions that concluded with the engine plant’s shutdown, 57 had either retired or found other jobs.