GM Upgrading Rochester, N.Y., Plant

New tooling and equipment will enable the plant to produce 'Gen V' small-block engines.

General Motors said it will spend $100 million on new tooling and equipment at its GM Components Holding Rochester (N.Y.) Operations to enable the plant to produce its next-generation small-block car and truck engines.

"The Gen V small-block engine family will have unprecedented fuel efficiency, and GMCH Rochester Operations will play a key role in helping us deliver these efficient engines to our customers," said Cathy Clegg, GM vice president of labor relations.

The $100 million investment will result in 30 new jobs added to the plant's existing workforce of 826 hourly and salaried employees, according to the automaker.

GM said it will upgrade four product lines: the integrated air module; a new high-pressure fuel rail; a new lifter oil manifold assembly; and a new direct injection injector.

The parts will be shipped to GM powertrain plants in Tonawanda, N.Y.; St. Catharines, Ontario; and Ramos Arizpe, Mexico.

"This investment stems from teamwork with New York's Empire State Development Corp., Rochester Gas and Electric, and a new agreement with the UAW," Clegg said. "Through these types of successful partnerships, we're competitively keeping this work in the United States and maintaining jobs right here in Rochester."

GMCH Rochester Operations opened in 1939 and provides components to support several GM products built in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South Korea, China, Australia and Brazil.

Follow IndustryWeek senior editor on Twitter at @JCable_IW.

Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.