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Steel construction begins on GM/LG Chem battery plant

The joint venture is expected to create more than 1,100 new jobs.
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Steel construction began today at the new Ultium Cells LLC battery cell manufacturing facility in Lordstown. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni for General Motors)

LORDSTOWN — Steel construction began today on the Ultium Cells LLC facility, the General Motors and LG Chem joint venture for battery cell manufacturing. 

Ultium Cells LLC will mass produce Ultium battery cells for electric vehicles and is expected to create more than 1,100 jobs. 

Since May, ground has been broken and concrete footings have been poured at the facility. Steel construction will continue into fall.

“We are excited about the progress that our team has made, and we look forward to the finished product — a nearly 3 million-square-foot plant,” Ken Morris, vice president of GM’s Autonomous and Electric Vehicle Programs, said in a news release. “Our joint venture with LG Chem will allow us to produce advanced battery cells in Lordstown, with the goal of reducing battery costs to accelerate EV adoption and ultimately benefit customers.”