Cervantes currently works at GM’s Silao Complex in Mexico and previously worked at Tonawanda Powertrain between 2004 and 2008. He was the quality manager at the New York-based engine plant before moving into a business management role at the facility. Cervantes will become effective in his new position at Tonawanda as of June 1st.
“My family and I have many fond memories of Western New York and are excited to be returning to see people and places that we love,” Cervantes told Buffalo News. “I am also forever grateful to the Tonawanda engine plant team that taught me so much. It is an honor for me to return to this outstanding community and to continue to work for the success of the plant.”
Tonawanda Powertrain manufactures a number of important engines for the automaker including the 6.6L L8T V8 it uses in its line of heavy-duty trucks, the EcoTec3 line of engines found in its light-duty trucks and full-size SUVs and the 6.2L LT2 V8 that powers the new Corvette C8. It also manufactures the naturally aspirated 2.5L LCV and turbocharged 2.0L LTG four-cylinders that are found in a wide variety of the automaker’s cars and crossovers.
Cervantes will replace Ram Ramanujan in the role, who was recently named director of electrification program management for GM. Ramanujan will work out of GM’s Warren Technical Center in Michigan and will focus his efforts on the automaker’s future electric vehicle programs, which include the highly anticipated GMC Hummer EV and the Cadillac Lyriq crossover.
GM’s North American manufacturing plants remain closed for the time being due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It’s not clear when the automaker’s plants may re-open, as New York State and its home state of Michigan have both been hit hard by the virus. Michigan is currently looking to lift its stay-at-home order on April 30th, while New York State has yet to provide a timeline for its reopening.