General Motors has announced a new round of investments into its U.S.-based manufacturing operations, including $70 million for its engine plant in Tonawanda, New York, and over $6 million for its metal stamping plant in Parma, Ohio. The new investments will support continuing strong demand for General Motors’ line of pickup trucks, including the GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado.
“GM continues to invest to strengthen our core business and respond to growing customer demand for our full-size pickups,” said GM vice president of North America Manufacturing and Labor Relations, Phil Kienle. “Our Tonawanda and Parma teams are dedicated to building world-class products for our customers and these investments reflect our confidence in these teams.”
Located in Buffalo, New York, the General Motors Tonawanda facility produces a broad range of engines, including:
- Naturally aspirated 4.3L V6 LV3 and LV1
- Naturally aspirated 5.3L V8 L82 and L84
- Naturally aspirated 6.6L V8 L8T
- Naturally aspirated 2.5L I4 LCV
- Turbocharged 2.0L I4 LTG
The Tonawanda facility is operated by roughly 1,300 employees, and spans some 3.1 million square feet of floor space. The facility includes numerous plants, the oldest of which opened in 1938.
Meanwhile, the General Motors metal stamping plant in Parma, Ohio is responsible for processing more than 800 tons of steel per day, servicing and supporting the majority of General Motors North America produced vehicles. The facility has more than 750 individual dies, and can produce upwards of 100 million parts per year.
“The manufacturing processes include small, medium and large transfer press lines, high speed progressive presses, and a world class cut-to-length shear, as well as GM North America’s largest stand-alone, multi-cell, resistance and laser welding metal assembly operations,” General Motors states in a press release.
The the General Motors Parma metal stamping plant is located in Cleveland, Ohio, and first opened in 1948. The facility encompasses some 2.3 million square feet, and employees more than 1,000 workers.