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January 24, 2022updated 14 Mar 2022 9:55am

GM spending $154m to make electric motor components

GM to build electric motor parts at a radiator factory in New York state.

By Graeme Roberts

General Motors has announced plans to spend “nearly” $154m for the production of electric motor parts at its western New York Lockport Components plant.

The investment will be used to renovate the factory 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. Renovations will begin immediately.

As the plant prepares for electric motor component production, it will continue to build a variety of components for current truck and SUV production. Lockport Components currently produces radiators, condensers, heater cores, evaporators, HVAC modules, oil coolers and other components used in a variety of GM trucks.

GM currently estimates Lockport Components will add approximately 230 positions between 2023 and 2026. Actual staffing plans will be finalised closer to the start of production as the facility transitions to support EV motor component production.

“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 EVP 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.”

Lockport Components was founded in 1910 as the Harrison Radiator Company for the purpose of designing, manufacturing, and selling automotive radiators and components.

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