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Ryan, Ohio legislators meeting with LG Chem today on battery plant

The incoming Lordstown plant, a $2.3-billion joint venture between General Motors and South Korean chemical company LG Chem, is expected to create 1,100 permanent jobs, according to the companies.
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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 — Local legislators have set a meeting today with LG Chem executives on the South Korean chemical company's electric vehicle battery plant headed to Lordstown as part of a joint venture with General Motors.

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Howland, D-13th is hosting the meeting at his Capitol office. State sens. Sean O'Brien of Bazetta, D-32nd, and Michael Rulli of Salem, R-33rd, and Ryan are expected to meet with 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.

A media conference is expected this afternoon, following the meeting. Check back at for more details from that briefing.

About a year after General Motors announced it would stop making cars at its former Lordstown Assembly Complex, it unveiled a new, $2.3-billion joint venture that would put about 1,100 people back to work.

A nearly two-year construction plan on GM’s proposed electric vehicle battery cell plant could begin in April, just a stone’s throw from the 53-year-old former GM assembly plant that’s now home to electric vehicle startup Lordstown Motors Corp.