Greater Job Security for GM Members in St. Catharines

June 3, 2010, 10:58 AM EST

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General Motors' plans to spend $245 million to build a new line of fuel efficient transmissions in St. Catharines, Ontario is good news for the hard hit community, CAW President Ken Lewenza says.

The automaker announced June 1 it will spend the money to build six-speed transmissions beginning in 2012. In late April the company also announced a new generation of V8 engines in St. Catharines starting in 2013.

Together the $480 million in spending planned by GM will provide greater job security for up to 800 workers in the community.

"After the very tough times our members have faced in auto communities in the last few years this is finally some good news that brings greater job security and a stronger economic outlook not only for our members and their families, but also for the entire community," said Lewenza.

CAW Local 199 President Wayne Gates said the recent investments are a "win-win" for the workers, the company and spin off businesses that now have greater certainty about GM's future in St. Catharines.

"Businesses know that General Motors is now here for years with these two product announcements and they are more likely to look at investing in their businesses and creating more jobs in the community," Gates said.

He also said Tuesday's investment announcement is proof that federal and provincial government decisions to invest in the auto maker have paid off.

"Without their support, without their help, this announcement and this good news for the Niagara Region would never have happened, so we're very grateful for that," Gates said.


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