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General Motors to Invest Close to $154 Million in Lockport Components

J.M. Lesinski

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The General Motors Western New York Lockport Components plant will be seeing a massive renovation project in the coming days and is reportedly starting immediately. The plant, located in Lockport, New York, will be receiving close to $154 million from General Motors for the purchase and installment of new equipment focused on electric motor parts.

"GM's investment in Lockport reaffirms our commitment to manufacturing in Western New York and our confidence in this team because they will build a crucial module in our electric motor assembly for our future EV trucks and SUVs,” remarked Gerald Johnson, GM Executive Vice President of Global Manufacturing and Sustainability. “We appreciate the support from the state of New York, and it was an important factor in making this investment possible."

Currently producing and planning to continue to produce items like radiators, oil coolers, and evaporators, Lockport Components plans to add roughly 230 positions to the facility between 2023 and 2026, while Empire State Development (ESD) will also offer up to $5.65 million in Excelsior Jobs Program "green" investment tax credits in return for investment commitments.

"The auto industry is a critical economic driver in Western New York,” Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Hope Knight said of the announcement. “General Motors' renovations at its Niagara County facility will help the region continue to lead the way with the next generation of electric vehicles and support New York's transition to the green economy."

Founded in 1910 as the Harrison Radiator Company, Lockport Components currently employs over 1,500 individuals.

"With this major investment at its Lockport facility, General Motors is taking the next steps to advance an all-electric future," noted New York State Governor Kathy Hochul of the announcement. "Not only will this investment provide a boost to Western New York's economy, but it will play a critical role in supporting our efforts to electrify the transportation sector and reduce climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution."

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