GM adding 500 jobs in Tonawanda to build engines for 2014 Silverado, Sierra image

General Motors announced it expected to add more than 500 jobs at the plant that will build engines for the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and 2014 GMC Sierra pickup trucks.

Located just north of Buffalo, in the State of New York, the GM Powertrain plant in the town of Tonawanda will build the V6 and V8 engines for the two trucks starting early next year. GM unveiled new versions of the trucks Thursday in Detroit.

The Tonawanda plant will be the lead supplier of three new engines for the trucks. It will also be the only GM plant that makes all three of them, said Mary Ann Brown, a spokeswoman for the Tonawanda facility. The Tonawanda plant currently has around 1,100 hourly and salaried workers. Officials at the plant told local media outlets that they expected to add between 500 and 600 workers over the next year.

According to plant managers, the first opportunity to fill the new positions will be offered to 300 unionized workers who could transfer to Tonawanda from former Delphi operations in nearby Lockport, Rochester and other locations.

The new engines are part of a $400 million investment in GM Tonawanda announced in 2010. The plant will also be the exclusive supplier of a V8 engine for the next-generation Chevrolet Corvette.