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Delphi’s operations complete switch to Mahle

Delphi’s operations in the Buffalo Niagara region have a new name: Mahle.

Germany-based Mahle (pronounced Mahl-UH) has completed its $727 million acquisition of Delphi Automotive’s Thermal Division that was announced in February. The sale included Delphi’s operations in Lockport and Amherst.

The Lockport technical center is adjacent to General Motors Components Holdings’ manufacturing plant. Both the center and plant used to be part of Delphi, the auto parts supplier. But when GM took back the manufacturing plant in 2009, the technical center remained with Delphi.

The Lockport center has about 140 employees, while about 50 people work at its operations in Amherst, said Alma Zgodic, a spokeswoman for Mahle. The locations test products such as radiators, oil coolers, condensers and evaporators.

Delphi’s Thermal Division in 2014 consisted of about 7,500 employees at 13 facilities around the world, and generated revenues of about $1.4 billion.

“The Delphi Thermal portfolio ideally supplements our product range and systems competence,” said Jörg Stratmann, head of the Mahle Group’s Thermal Management business unit and member of its management board, in a statement. “This also allows us to further expand our production footprint in Europe, North America, South America and Asia.”

Mahle plans no changes to the local workforce as a result of the deal, Zgodic said.

The Delphi name has been associated with local operations since 1995, when GM rebranded its automotive components group. GM spun off Delphi into a separate company in 1999.

Delphi is technically headquartered in England – a change the company made after emerging from bankruptcy in 2009 – but its operating base remains in Troy, Mich.