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January 30, 2003

GM Powertrain Tonawanda Engine Plant Supports Buffalo Auto Show

Engine-build demonstrations featured

BUFFALO, N.Y.- The world's largest engine manufacturing facility, the General Motors Powertrain (GMPT) Tonawanda Engine plant, is geared up to play a key role in this year's Buffalo Auto Show, which runs February 5-9.

"Visitors to the show will be able to see first-hand how we build an engine," says GMPT Tonawanda Engine Plant Manager Keith Campbell. "We will have an engine-build demonstration so people will be able to follow the process step-by-step. Also, employees from our highly trained workforce will be available throughout the show to answer any product questions."

The engine-build demonstration features the brand new Vortec 3500 Inline 5 engine that will be produced this year at the recently constructed $500 million GMPT facility on Vulcan Street. "This engine will power the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks that are due out this fall," adds Campbell. Demonstration times on February 5, 6, 7 and 8 are scheduled for 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. One demonstration will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, February 9.

Other Tonawanda-built engines on display at the auto show include the Ecotec 2.2-liter, the 3.1-liter V-6 and the Vortec 8100 V-8 "Big Block."

"We are very pleased to be a part of Buffalo's 100th anniversary auto show," emphasizes Campbell. "Our plant will also be providing an historical timeline showing our people and the products they've built from the late 1930s until the present."

"The UAW welcomes the opportunity to display some of the products our members build," says Jim Kennedy, president of UAW Local 774. "We take pride in providing our customers with world-class quality engines. The level of quality and dedication of our work force is reflected in the continued success of the Tonawanda Engine Plant.

"It is a combination of building quality products and having a reputation for maintaining a positive relationship with plant management that is good for both our members and our business," Kennedy continues. "The UAW is proud to be a part of the Buffalo Auto Show."

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