General Motors (GM) shared plans to invest nearly $154 million to renovate its Lockport Components plant in western New York to support stator module production. These key components for electric motors will eventually serve GM brand electric trucks and SUVs built upon the company’s Ultium Platform.

General Motors ($GM) continues to make large strides in electrification this month, following a tumultuous end to 2021 in terms of EV sales. To kick off 2022, the American automaker appears to be attacking its electrification strategy from all angles.

With a handful of new GM EV models scheduled to arrive this year and next, the automaker has begun deploying chargers to its dealerships to support the vehicles destined for their lots.

This week, one of the more anticipated GM models, the Cadillac Lyriq, began pre-production ahead of deliveries scheduled a few months from now. Just yesterday, we covered news of a 12-year tax abatement in Michigan to support GM’s $1.3 billion investment to build out its Orion Assembly plant. The revamped plant will soon support the influx of EV production it has promised to deliver by 2025 – 30 electrified models, to be exact.

The automaker isn’t done yet either. With today’s announcement, GM is investing further funds into its plant in Lockport, New York, to help produce vital electric motor components.

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GM’s Ultium Drive Stator Module / Source: General Motors

GM’s New York plant will see EV revamp, add approx. 230 jobs

According to GM’s press release, Lockport Components was founded in 1910 as the Harrison Radiator Company. The western New York facility currently produces radiators, condensers, heater cores, evaporators, HVAC modules, and oil coolers for GM brand trucks.

As the facility prepares to pivot toward electric motor components, it will still continue to produce many of the parts mentioned above. GM estimates that as EV motor component production ramps up, the New York plant should see an addition of around 230 positions between 2023-2026.

Gerald Johnson, GM executive vice president of global manufacturing and sustainability spoke to the automaker’s pledged investment totaling nearly $154 million:

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. 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.

According to GM, the announced investment will be used to completely renovate the New York facility, in addition to purchasing and installing new machinery specifically designed for stator module production. The Lockport facility renovations will begin immediately.

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