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August 23, 2013

General Motors Tonawanda Engine plant celebrates 75th anniversary


Niagara Gazette — Higgins spoke to the importance of investing in American companies and learning from GM's example. 

"This is a shining example of what we can do in our country," he said. "The history we need to read is our own." 

Bill Shaw, GM manufacturing manager, also noted the progress the plant has made in the past few years by more than doubling its workforce since hitting a low in 2009. 

"When you look back, there we had our share of ups and downs," he said. "But we have always banded together ... and that is the trait of a family."

As part of the anniversary celebration, GM held an open house on Friday. Attendees were able to test drive 20 of GM's latest vehicles and tour the plant. The plant is also holding its 25th annual car show today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2995 River Road. Registration is from 9 a.m. until noon, and the registration fee is $15. All proceeds will go toward the American Cancer Society. Eight vehicles will be available for test drives. There will also be activities for kids, including a bounce house and petting zoo. 

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