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Here are new details on GM/LG Chem's new Lordstown battery plant

Legislators on Wednesday talked with reporters on wage expectations, skill training and a delayed groundbreaking for the proposed Lordstown facility.
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From left to right: U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Howland, D-13th, and State sens. Sean O'Brien of Bazetta, D-32nd, and Michael Rulli of Salem, R-33rd

WASHINGTON — Workers at Lordstown's proposed electric vehicle battery plant could make $45,000 to $50,000 a year, officials said Wednesday.

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Howland, D-13th, and State sens. Sean O'Brien of Bazetta, D-32nd, and Michael Rulli of Salem, R-33rd, on Wednesday at the Capitol hosted several high-level executives from South Korean chemical company LG Chem, which is partnering with General Motors on the $2.3-billion venture. They shared new details with reporters during a media conference Wednesday afternoon.

"We are 1,000-percent behind them. This is an absolute home-run for our community," Ryan said, later adding, "We're going to become the battery capital of the world."

Though groundbreaking at the 158-acre site along Tod Avenue — which is next door to the Lordstown Motors Corp. complex — was initially slated for April, the legislators said executives are now aiming for July, suggesting though executives feel the plan is ahead of schedule, the delay may be due to permitting issues.

The facility is expected to create 1,100 to 1,500 permanent jobs, Ryan said Wednesday. Though he later added the facility's higher-end jobs would require specialized skill sets, much of the entry-level training could be done at LG's Korean facilities.

The GM/LG Chem joint venture, currently dubbed Gigapower LLC, is still awaiting regulatory approval.

The executives who met with legislators Wednesday were Jin-Won Park, LG Corporation's senior vice president and head of policy research; Jun-Sung Park, LG Chemical's vice president of public affairs; and Eun Kee, LG Chemical's vice president of the battery division, according to a previous release.

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