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GM Plans Major Expansion At Tonawanda, Lockport and Rochester, New York Assembly Plants

General Motors, a global automotive company, will invest $334 million in new machinery and equipment at its assembly plans in Tonawanda, Lockport and Rochester, New York. The machinery and equipment will be used to produce future engine and component products.

At the GM Tonawanda Engine plant, which plans to add 67 associates, approximately $295.9 million will be spent by General Motors on equipment for future engine production. At the GM Rochester Components Holdings (GMCH) plant, approximately $5.9 million will be spent on future powertrain components and $31.86 million will be invested into the GMCH Lockport plant for future cooling components. The projects are expected to be complete in December 2018.

GMNA Manufacturing and Labor Relations Vice President Cathy Clegg said, “GM remains committed to investing in its U.S. operations. With these latest projects we have announced investments of $2.2 billion in 2016, allowing us to support the production of future engines and vehicles.”

As an incentive, Empire State Development will provide up to $7 million in capital grants and Excelsior Tax Credits in return for job and investment commitments to move the project forward. General Motors maintains 4,200 total manufacturing jobs in New York State.

“For generations, General Motors has been an important economic engine in New York, providing world-class products to the global market and good-paying jobs to New Yorkers,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said. “By reinforcing our important partnership with GM, we are not only helping to grow its operations, but building on its legacy in New York. This is another example of our commitment to creating opportunity for the local economy by ensuring good-paying manufacturing jobs stay at home, and I look forward to seeing the next generation of automotive technology produced right here in New York.”

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “General Motors is investing hundreds of millions of dollars in new machinery and equipment at its Tonawanda, Lockport and Rochester plants is a huge win for Western New York’s vital automotive industry and for the entire region which will benefit from the retention and creation of hundreds of production and skilled trades jobs.”

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