GM Invests in Tonawanda Powertrain Plant

$6.7 million upgrade to plant's production systems

Tom Puckett
January 16, 2020 - 3:38 pm

Engine for the 2020 Corvette Stingray at Tonawanda Engine Plant. July 23, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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Tonawanda, NY (WBEN) GM says it's investing $6.7 million in the Tonawanda Powertrain plant. 

$4.4 million is in capital investment and $2.3 million is in project expense to improve efficiencies in producing the 5.3L V8 engine used in full size trucks.

”Tonawanda Engine Plant’s talented and engaged workforce continuously strives to help our plant succeed. This investment helps expand our flexibility to make multiple products to meet customer demands,” said Plant Director Ram Ramanujam.  “This investment builds on our reputation of consistently launching and delivering high quality, award winning engines like the 6.2L Gen V DFM for the Silverado, and LT2 C8 Corvette.” 

Jose M. Gonzalez, Acting Chairman of UAW 774 said, “GM Tonawanda Engine has a long history; our membership continues to deliver the highest quality products for our customers. We are proud of the work we do. This is a win for our team, our newly hired full-time regular employees and our communities.”

Earlier this month, GM announced more than 30 employees were moved from temporary to full-time employment earlier this month. “These are great, experienced employees. Their conversion to regular full-time status will help create more engaged and motivated teams in our plant, which is foundational to improving job satisfaction, health and safety, and the quality of our products for our customers,” said Ramanujam.

Earlier this month, Wards Automotive News announced that GM’s 2020 Corvette LT2 engine – made at the Tonawanda Engine Plant - was named one of the Top 10 Engines and Propulsion Systems. This is the second year in a row that a Tonawanda-made engine earned this distinction. Earlier this week, the Corvette was named The North American Car of the Year

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