General Motors is stepping up its fight against COVID-19 with a new $80,000 donation to support coronavirus relief efforts in Western New York.
According to a recent report from The Buffalo News, GM’s Tonawanda Engine Plant, which is located in Buffalo, New York, is providing $50,000 to the WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund. The Tonawanda Engine Plant spans some 3.1 million square feet, and produces a variety of powerplants for GM’s product range, including the 2.5-liter LCV four-cylinder engine, the turbocharged 2.0-liter LTG four-cylinder and the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette‘s 6.2-liter LT2 V8.
Additionally, The Buffalo News reports that GM’s Lockport Components facility is giving $30,000 to the United Way of Greater Niagara, providing funding for the 29 agencies it supports. The Lockport facility produces components like radiators, condensers, heater cores, and HVAC modules.
As we covered previously, General Motors is providing millions of dollars to nonprofit organizations across the U.S. to help in the fight against COVID-19.
What’s more, the automaker has converted various production facilities to manufacture much-needed medical equipment. That includes face masks produced at GM’s Warren Transmission Operations plant in Michigan, with the goal of ramping up production to 50,000 masks per day. General Motors is also working with Ventec Medical Inc. to produce medical ventilators, with its facility in Kokomo, Indiana, retrofitted to produce upwards of 10,000 units a month.
General Motors suspended North American production operations in March, citing health concerns for employees during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Wide-ranging salary cuts were announced later that month.
The automaker has yet to announce a date when production operations will resume, but a recent internal memo indicates that the automaker is recalling small numbers of employees to begin the planning process for a gradual resumption of normal operations.
Multiple vehicle refreshes and vehicle debuts have been delayed as a result of disruptions incurred by the pandemic, including the reveal of the all-electric Cadillac Lyric crossover, and the reveal of the all-electric GMC Hummer EV pickup truck.