Schimminger Statement on GM Announcement

April 11, 2003

Assemblyman Robin Schimminger issued the following statement in reaction to General Motors’ announcement that its Town of Tonawanda Engine Plant has been picked to produce a new engine line for the automaker. Schimminger chairs the Assembly Committee on Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry.

“I am certainly pleased that General Motors has, once again, selected Tonawanda and New York State as the location for a multi-million dollar investment in a new product line. It’s gratifying to see economic development incentives that I’ve helped shape and enact into law as chairman of the Assembly Economic Development Committee play such a significant role in winning this latest jobs prize.

“While we still have a ways to go in improving our economic and job creation climate, particularly in Western New York and other upstate regions, this terrific news reflects the progress we have made in recent years. GM’s decision will ensure the continued viability of the Tonawanda Engine Plant and its 3,200 jobs, as the new engine will replace several older engine lines that recently have been phased out of production. My hat goes off to the leadership and members of UAW Local 774 and the management team at GM Tonawanda for working together to develop a cooperative relationship that has boosted the competitiveness of the world’s largest automotive engine plant.”