General Motors Upgrades Lockport, New York, Components Plant
The company will renovate the facility and purchase and install new machinery and equipment used in the production of the stator module, a key component in an electric motor. Electric motors will be used in a variety of GM's future Ultium Platform-based electric trucks and SUVs. Facility renovations will begin immediately, according to the Governor’s office.
"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,” said 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."
Empire State Development will provide up to $5.65 million in Excelsior Jobs Program "green" investment tax credits as an incentive in return for investment commitments to move the project forward. New York State has also been supporting the location through the allocation of 18 megawatts of low-cost hydropower from the New York Power Authority's Niagara Power Project in Lewiston.
"With this major investment at its Lockport facility, General Motors is taking the next steps to advance an all-electric future," said Governor Hochul. "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."
As Lockport Components, which is a unionized facility located on Upper Mountain Road, prepares for electric motor component production, the facility will continue to build a variety of components that support GM's current truck and SUV production, the Governor’s office said. Lockport Components currently produces radiators, condensers, heater cores, evaporators, HVAC modules, oil coolers and other components used in a variety of GM trucks. Actual staffing plans will be finalized closer to the start of production as the facility transitions to support EV motor component production.
"The auto industry is a critical economic driver in Western New York. 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," added Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Hope Knight.
Lockport Components was founded in 1910 as the Harrison Radiator Company for the purpose of designing, manufacturing, and selling automotive radiators and components. With more than 1,500 employees, the site is focused on continuous improvement through a joint team process between UAW Local 686, Local 55 and plant management.
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