General Motors is making another large investment in its Tonawanda Engine Plant.
GM is ramping up its manufacturing capacity on the River Road site with a planned $70 million investment. The factory is one of the main engine block sources for Chevy, GMC and Cadillac trucks and SUVs. Last year they also started producing engines for the new generation of Corvettes.
Union and corporate leaders say the latest round of money increases the viability of the Town of Tonawanda location and helps GM meet increasing demands for trucks and SUVs.
The investment is one of several seen at the plant in the last 10 years. In 2010, GM expanded Tonawanda Engine to produce the 2.0L and 2.5L Ecotec engines, as well as an all-new V8 design. It also saw a similar investment related to productivity and capacity in 2016, when the parent company in Detroit sent over $334 million. In total, GM said they have invested over $2.9 billion into Tonawanda since the beginning of the last decade.
The factory is home to nearly 1,300 employees, making it a pillar of WNY’s long-standing auto industry along with GM’s Lockport plant and the Ford Stamping Plant in Hamburg.