Tonawanda is the place from where engines used in a large number of the carmaker's vehicles come from. The Chevy Silverado, Suburban and Tahoe, the GMC Yukon, and the Cadillac Escalade all get their hearts from this place. That includes the 6.2-liter V8, but also the 6.6-liter small-block V8 used on the Silverado and Sierra.
The facility, which currently employs around 1,300 people, will have to ramp up production in the near future, as customer demand for the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups is on the rise. To be able to do that, Tonawanda is to become the recipient of a $70 million investment, GM said today.
“GM continues to invest to strengthen our core business and respond to growing customer demand for our full-size pickups,” Phil Kienle, the company's vice president of North America Manufacturing and Labor Relations, said in a statement.
“Our Tonawanda and Parma teams are dedicated to building world-class products for our customers and these investments reflect our confidence in these teams.”
Separately, the Americans said they would invest $6 million into their Parma, Ohio metal stamping plant, the place that supplies parts for GM vehicles as well as third-party partners.
The carmaker also announced this week the opening of the Additive Industrialization Center, a 15,000-square-foot facility where 3D printing technology will be researched and produced.