Local GM plants raise more than $5,200 for Flint amid water crisis

FILE - This Jan. 25, 2010, file photo, shows a General Motors Co. logo during a news conference in Detroit. General Motors Co. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Two local GM plants have raised thousands of dollars for Flint, Michigan amid the city’s clean water crisis.

Employees at Tonawanda Engine and Lockport Components raised a grand total of $5,278 together. The money will be used to purchase clean water for the Michigan city.

“With more than 7,000 GM employees in Flint, it made perfect sense for us to participate,” said Tonawanda Engine Plant Manager Steve Finch. “I lived in Flint for 11 years and all of my children were born there. Including work time, I spent over 15 years in the Flint community, and still have many friends that live there and are affected by this crisis.”

Lockport Components Plant Manager William Tiger worked in Michigan for several years.

UAW Local 686 President Paul Szafranski said, “We take things like clean water for granted in New York,” said Szafranski. “You never want to think that something like this could happen here.”

The plants’ donation was sent to the United Way of Genesee County in Michigan.

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