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GE announces expansion of advanced manufacturing battery plant


SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - One part of Tuesday's announcement that has certainly sparked a lot of interest is the additional $70 million that will be invested in expanding the plant, which will ultimately mean an additional 100 jobs.

46-year-old Scott Riggi says he spent a couple of decades doing various types of factory work, but just graduated from Schenectady Community College with his associates degree in applied science, with a certificate in storage battery technology.

Riggi says parts of his program were geared specifically to battery technology, technology that will be used at GE's new advanced manufacturing plant, bringing along not only new business ventures, but also jobs, which city councilman Vince Riggi says is needed.

But job seekers are not the only ones happy with the news, so are business owners, like Peter Blackman of Aperitivo Bistro on State Street.

Blackman says any growth in Schenectady is good news for the city, and will undoubtedly spill over into the local economy.

The total factory workforce will be at 450 people when the expansion is done.

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