General Motors to invest US$76mn in US manufacturing plants
Following a recent announcement made by General Motors (GM), the company has established plans to invest US$70mn into its Tonawanda, New York engine plant and over US$6mn into its Parma, Ohio metal stamping plant.
The two investments have been reported to support the automotive manufacturer’s strong customer and dealer demand for its 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. Our Tonawanda and Parma teams are dedicated to building world-class products for our customers and these investments reflect our confidence in these teams,” commented Phil Kienle, GM vice president of North America Manufacturing and Labor Relations.
GM’s investments in Tonawanda will be used to increase the capacity of its engine block machining line, while the Pharma investments will be used to develop four new metal assembly cells to support the increased production volumes for trucks.
GM’s Tonawanda plant
At GM’s Tonawanda plant the automotive manufacturer produces the 4.3L V-6, 5.3L V-8, and the 6.2L V-8 Ecotec3 engines for the Chevrolet Silverado, Suburban and Tahoe, GMC Yukon and Yukon Denali, and Cadillac Escalade.
In addition, the plant manufactures the company’s 6.6L small-block gas V-8 engine for the Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD pickups.
GM’s Parma Metal Center
At GM’s Parma Metal Center, the company processes over 800 tons of steel a day, serving and supporting 35 customers. The center has over 750 dies and can produce up to 100mn parts a year.
Its manufacturing process includes small, medium and large transfer press lines, high speed progressive presses, and a cut-to-length shear, as well as its stand-alone, multi-cell, resistance and laser welding metal assembly operations.