As previously covered by GM Authority, General Motors recently announced a nearly $600 million investment into the GM Flint Engine plant in Michigan for production of the upcoming GM sixth-generation Small Block V8 engine. While this is great news for the employees at the Flint plant, it raises concern for plant workers at some other GM facilities in the country.
According to a report from Detroit Free Press, workers at the automaker’s other engine manufacturing facilities, the GM Tonawanda plant in particular, are raising the alarm that this recent development indicates that GM may be shifting engine production from one plant to another. The Tonawanda engine plant, as well as the GM Spring Hill plant, manufactures current GM Gen-5 V8s, including the 6.2L LT2 V8 and 5.3L L84 V8.
In addressing the implications of this recent investment, GM spokesman Dan Flores said, “With all of the renovation work that needs to be done to prepare Flint Engine to build the company’s sixth generation V-8 engine, GM will continue to produce Gen-5 V-8 engines for several years. We have nothing further to share related to Tonawanda, but it is a great plant staffed by hard-working, dedicated people and it’s an important part of our manufacturing footprint.”
This recent announcement is part of a $918 million investment across four U.S. factories, including the GM Bay City GPS facility in Michigan, the GM Rochester plant in New York, and the GM Defiance plant in Ohio. In a similar manner to the investments into the Flint plant, this funding will facilitate Gen-6 V8 production, as well as a smattering of EV parts production.
It’s worth noting that GM invested $76 million in the Tonawanda plant back in 2020 to facilitate increased V8 production output. In addition, the GM Spring Hill plant is set to convert to an electric vehicle-only complex in a few years.