ENDICOTT (WBNG) -- BAE Systems in Endicott has been awarded a massive public project from New York City.
The company will build 435 electric hybrid systems for buses there.
With the new project, BAE will have given propulsion system to more than 12,000 electric buses worldwide.
Mayor of Endicott Linda Jackson tells 12 News this is great for village residents.
"This means decent paying jobs for people," she says. "We have a lot of people who need to go back to work but they have families to raise. They accept a minimum wage."
Jackson tells 12 News Endicott has always thrived on industry.
She says she is very much in favor of expanding industries in the area, including those involved with lithium ion batteries.
BAE first pioneered its technology for the transit industry in 1998 when it fielded New York City's first electric-hybrid bus fitted with lead-acid batteries.