General Motors to close fuel cell research office in NY, move operations to Michigan

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DETROIT - General Motors says it will close its hydrogen fuel-cell research operation near Rochester, N.Y., and move it to Michigan.

The company says most of the 220 salaried workers in Honeoye (Hun-ee-OY) Falls, N.Y., will be offered the chance to move to GM's engine and transmission research unit in Pontiac, Mich.

Spokeswoman Kimberly Carpenter says the move will pull together all of its experts on ways to move vehicles. The company will save some money by not renewing a building lease in New York.

She says GM will continue to focus on electric vehicles and fuel cell development. GM has been testing fuel-cell vehicles that run on hydrogen with no harmful emissions.

Organizations: General Motors, Hun-ee-OY

Geographic location: New York, Michigan, DETROIT Rochester, N.Y. Honeoye Falls Pontiac, Mich.

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