TONAWANDA, NY - 42 workers are back on the job at the GM Powertrain Plant in Tonawanda. A plant spokeswoman says 30 skilled trades workers were brought back to remove old equipment to make way for new engine lines that will arrive in April. The other 12 production workers are helping to meet volume requirements on engines that go into the Chevrolet HHR and Malibu.
This is excellent news for the Tonawanda plant that has seen thousands of jobs lost in the past two decades. But good news was pumped into the plant earlier this year when GM announced $825 million will be pumped into the facility with the addition of two product lines.
Beginning in 2012 the plant will build new V-8 engines that will be used in future pick-up trucks. The plant will also be updating the 2.2 and 2.4 liter engines that will power a newly designed Malibu.
Even though more than 150 people remain laid-off there is good news on the horizon.
"Right now we still have about 159 people on layoff but within the next two years they will all be back to work and we may be in a position somewhere down the line where we may need more people," says Mary Ann Brown, Communications Manager for the Tonawanda Plant.