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WBEN NewsRadio 930>Audio & Video on Demand>>GM & Buffalo Manufacturing - Art Wheaton; Pt I

GM & Buffalo Manufacturing - Art Wheaton; Pt I

Jun 13, 2014|

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We're talking about the importance of the auto industry to Western New York with an in studio guest this morning art Wheaton is here from the state labor school at Cornell University. -- great to have you here. Great to be back -- always love it here hate the the gym -- you were just saying that you have been through this facility before as well. I've been through it several times and met many of the people involved. What is. The magic of this place what what what is it that keeps it ticking and and keep somebody engine lines coming to it. From my perspective it's the people that are working there that it has a very. Good environment very cooperative environment also willing to work very hard so it's a -- -- with a long history. -- don't put money in places they don't trust. Overall. We look at the the scope of GM how -- this plant it and how many other I send excuse me engine assembly plants are there. Is this the biggest and the and the premiere facility or they kind of split up. I think they kind of split it up but it is the biggest it's not only -- Vegas it's the biggest in the world so they've cranked out lots and lots of engines over the years. But if you think about some of the products they -- like the Corvette engine yet to be pretty good -- going 200 miles an hour. You don't want to take chances going that fast. How important is the auto industry to Western New York. To me it's very important that's what I study it's what I do but if you look around there's a lot of things that are. -- supplied to players all across the United States all across the world suppose the auto industry whether it supports stamping plant whether it's your motors whether all the different suppliers. Makes it makes a big impact less today than they had been previously but still a major industry. When you have well local plant with about 2000 workers I think it's easy to point to two time Honda engine and say okay auto manufacturing base. Broad enough for me is manufacturing and this is rhetorical -- -- say it's not but his manufacturing did in Western Europe. Not even close though there in terms of every single assembly plant which we don't have near here we used to in buffalo. But for every assembly plant it creates. Eight to ten different jobs. So that there's a lot of things involve itself for the engine plane you probably have a fortified multiplier. So for every one. Job working at the engine plant around 2000 as you said it's probably impacting more than 101000 jobs in Western New York or at least enough. Upstate New York.

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