WARREN, Mich. — General Motors Co. plans to invest $70 million into its Tonawanda, New York engine plant and more than $6 million into its Parma, Ohio metal stamping plant, the company announced recently.
The Tonawanda investment will be used to increase capacity on the engine block machining line, and the Parma investment will be used to construct four new metal assembly cells to support increased truck production volumes, GM said in a release. The two manufacturing-related investments are said to support continued strong customer and dealer demand for GM’s Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups.
“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, in the release. “Our Tonawanda and Parma teams are dedicated to building world-class products for our customers, and these investments reflect our confidence in these teams.”
The Tonawanda engine plant is home to approximately 1,300 employees. It produces award-winning engines, including the 4.3L V-6, 5.3L V-8, and the 6.2L V-8 Ecotec3 family of engines for the Chevrolet Silverado, Suburban and Tahoe, GMC Yukon and Yukon Denali, and Cadillac Escalade. The plant also builds the 6.6L small-block gas V-8 engine for the Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD pickups.
The Parma Metal Center employs approximately 1,000 team members, and it processes more than 800 tons of steel per day. It services and supports approximately 35 customers, including the majority of General Motors North America produced vehicles.
The plant has more than 750 total dies and is capable of producing up to 100 million parts per year, according to GM. Workers at the plant leverage small, medium and large transfer press lines, high speed progressive presses, and a cut-to-length shear, as well as GM North America’s largest stand-alone, multi-cell, resistance and laser welding metal assembly operations.