GM Employees Seeing Benefits Of Successful Year

February 17, 2012 Updated Feb 17, 2012 at 4:51 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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February 17, 2012 Updated Feb 17, 2012 at 4:51 PM EDT

Tonawanda, N.Y. (WKBW) - In 2011, General Motors made nearly $8 billion dollars. Now, employees will reap the benefits across the country and right here in Western New York.

"Here locally in Tonawanda, we are bringing people back to work and that's always a good feeling," General Motors Tonawanda Engine Plant Manager Steve Finch said.

The Tonawanda Engine Plant is bringing back all 90 of its employees who were laid off. There are a total of 2,200 workers coming back to work across the nation.

"In the next couple of years, we will be adding hundreds more employees to our ranks," Finch said.

Some of those workers will come from other GM facilities. The company will also be hiring from outside, something the Tonawanda plant has not done in more than 12 years.

There is also good news for those union workers who have continuously been on the job. More than 600 local employees will see a profit sharing bonus check up to $7,000, depending on the hours they have worked for the company.

"My wife already has mine spent. There are a lot of people already spending it on their kids in college, taxes, putting the money back into the community. Some people are even talking of putting the money right back into a new car. They are going to put the money back into the economy," GM Employee and Chairman of United Auto Workers 774 Bob Coleman said.

It's more than just the economy that is getting a boost.

"It's really fun to be at work these days. The morale is really up because people are excited to see what's going on with the company. We have new equipment arriving, new engine lines coming in and new works," Finch said.

Those employees are scheduled to be back on the job in the next couple of weeks.