LOCKPORT, N.Y. — General Motors announced Friday they plan to invest $154 million in Western New York to produce electric motor components at their Lockport plant.
The money invested will go to renovate the Lockport facility, as well as purchase and install new machinery and equipment to produce the parts.
The Lockport plant will produce the stator module, which they say is a key component in an electric motor.
“GM’s investment in Lockport Components reaffirms our commitment to manufacturing in Western New York and our confidence in this team. They will build a crucial module in our electric motor assembly for our future electric trucks and SUVs," said Gerald Johnson, GM executive vice president of Global Manufacturing and Sustainability. "This is an excellent example of how we are bringing our workforce along on the journey to an all-electric future while we scale our EV production capacity and maintain a flow of parts for our current vehicles."
"With this major investment at its Lockport facility, General Motors is taking the next steps to advance an all-electric future," said New York Governor Kathy 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."
In addition to the stator module, the Lockport facility will continue to build parts for GM's current truck and SUV production. That includes: radiators, condensers, heater cores, evaporators, HVAC modules, oil coolers and other components.
"Today’s tremendous news is exactly why I fought so hard to expand electric vehicle infrastructure. Western New York’s powerhouse workforce is first-class and ready to help drive the world forward into an electric future,” said Senator Chuck Schumer, who was in Lockport for the announcement. “230 new good-paying UAW jobs and an historic $154 million investment by GM will now supercharge Lockport, positioning the region as a rapidly emerging leader in electric vehicle manufacturing. As Majority Leader, I am proud to have secured the key provisions in the bipartisan infrastructure and jobs law to make this transition to electric vehicles possible. I will keep fighting to pass more bold legislation like the Build Back Better Act and my U.S. Innovation and Competition Act to create more manufacturing jobs right here in Upstate New York and further position the U.S. to lead the world in electric vehicle manufacturing.”
The investment will add about 230 new jobs between 2023 and 2026.