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GM POWERTRAIN ADDS JOBS TO TONAWANDA, N.Y., ENGINE PLANT

 TONAWANDA, N.Y., Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- General Motors Powertrain Group today opened the doors of its Tonawanda engine plant to members of the media, local government and New York Gov. Mario M. Cuomo in celebration of 585 jobs being added to the facility.
 "Today we recognize our work force," said Donald Rust, Tonawanda plant manager. "Because of our employees' dedication and commitment to excellence, we have created the kind of manufacturing environment where quality is rewarded with new business and employment opportunities."
 GM has invested $121 million in the Tonawanda plant in preparation for GM's new 3,100 V6 engine and redesigned 2,200 L4 engine. Now, Tonawanda is increasing the staffing of both engines lines due to growing market demand and the increased use of these engines in a wider variety of GM vehicles.
 "It gives me great pleasure," Rust said, "to offer employment opportunities to GM employees -- displaced for whatever reasons -- allowing them to continue their GM careers in a facility that provides a great deal of promise for the future."
 As a result of the plant investment and the new jobs created, Gov. Cuomo announced that the New York State Power Authority has been asked to approve an allocation of expansion hydropower for Tonawanda engine. Power Authority Chairman Richard Flynn, who has been working closely with Niagara Mohawk Power officials on the request, will present GM's application for hydropower to the Power Authority's trustees at an upcoming meeting.
 "An allocation of hydropower allows us to become more competitive in the world market," said Rust. "It's a textbook example of how government and industry should work together -- a true partnership. When our plant gains a competitive advantage, we offer back to the community secure jobs, a healthy tax base and foundation for economic stability in the area."
 The plant has already filled approximately one-third of its jobs' needs with GM workers from western New York. It will continue to work with the UAW to find employees who are interested in joining the Tonawanda team.
 "Our goal is the continued employment of GM's UAW work force," said Thomas Fricano, director of UAW Region 9 (which includes Tonawanda). "Today, that means bringing the jobs and the people together. Tonawanda employees have worked very hard to secure their own employment and make new opportunities for laid-off workers elsewhere."
 GM will work with the state of New York to retrain these new employees, ensuring the continuation of quality production at Tonawanda.
 "The General Motors Powertrain decision to invest in this facility tells the world that New York workers are committed to quality and dedicated to the hard work we must all do to compete in today's global economy," Gov. Cuomo said.
 Local economists say the new jobs will have a significant impact on the western New York economy, where one of five jobs is linked to the auto industry. Vincent Tese, state director of economic development, said each job created in the area leads to seven spin-off jobs. "These employees will buy homes, pay taxes and support local business to bolster the local economy," he said.
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 /CONTACT: Charlotte Grim, 313-857-4157, or Mike Morrissey, 313-857-5213, both of GM Powertrain/
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