GM Breaks Out the Champagne on New Engine Production
General Motors (NYSE:GM) announced this week that it has commenced production of its new generation of small-block engines, Detroit News reports. Since 2009, work at its Tonawanda Engine Plant in Buffalo, New York has doubled, thanks in part to the company’s pledge in April of 2010 to invest $400 million in the plant in order to build the new engines.
With the cash, the facility was equipped with advanced manufacturing tools, which will produce four small-block engine models on the same assembly line. Down the road, General Motors has said that the plant will produce small-block engines for nine GM models by 2015.
The engines produced at Tonawanda will be used in GM’s latest pickup models, such as the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. The plant will build the EcoTec3 4.3 liter V6, the 5.3 liter V8, and the 6.2 liter V8, all of which are available in the light-duty pickup models.