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GE CEO to tour new advanced battery plant in Schenectady

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General Electric announces the grand opening of their new advanced battery plant in Schenectady (Photo: Christine O'Donnell, NEWS10) General Electric announces the grand opening of their new advanced battery plant in Schenectady (Photo: Christine O'Donnell, NEWS10)

SCHENECTADY, NY. - General Electric Co. says it will invest $70 million to expand its advanced sodium battery plant in downtown Schenectady.

Chairman and CEO of General Electric, Jeffery Immelt, along with several state and local officials, will be in Schenectady to tour the company's new advanced battery plant Tuesday morning.

GE announced Tuesday that it will invest an additional $70 million to expand the Schenectady plant, effectively doubling production and adding 100 new jobs, which will bring the total factory workforce to 450 when at full capacity in 2015.

The batteries produced at the plant are unique, using sodium halide chemistry to store energy and require no maintenance, produce no toxic chemicals, and can operate at any temperature.

The production of this energy source has been in the works since 2008 and is expected to be a catalyst for economic development here in the Capital Region.

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