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A new Duramax factory is coming to Brookville. The DMAX plant is part of General Motors’ stated plan to invest in $700 million in Ohio.


DMAX is a joint venture, with 60 percent owned by GM and 40 percent owned by Isuzu Diesel Services of America, Inc.

Representatives from GM and Isuzu say the new $175 million diesel engine components plant will create 100 new union jobs and should be fully operational by the end of 2020. 

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Beginning July 1st, Ohio’s gas tax will increase by ten and half cents per gallon for regular fuel. But the tax on diesel will go up by 19 cents, because big trucks do most of the damage on Ohio’s roads. The diesel fuel increase is what some business leaders said will end up costing all Ohioans more in the long run.

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Members of the Ohio House and Senate have passed a transportation budget bill, raising the gas tax by 10.5 cents beginning in July. The lawmakers said that will be enough to help Ohio close a funding gap to pay for state construction projects. 

The transportation budget bill would increase the gas tax to a total of 38.5 cents a gallon. The deal also includes a 19-cent hike to the diesel fuel tax.

Republican House Speaker Larry Householder said these changes would generate about $524 million in additional funding for state infrastructure projects.