LORDSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – General Motors will begin battery production at a facility in the Lordstown area.
The company made the announcement Thursday, expecting the plant to create 1,100 jobs.
GM is partnering with LG Chem, which is investing up to $2.3 billion through the new, equally-owned joint venture company.
The plant will be focused on the mass production of battery cells for future battery-electric vehicles. It will be built on a greenfield manufacturing site in the area.
It comes a little more than a year after announcing General Motors would end production of the Chevy Cruze in Lordstown. GM’s CEO Mary Barra told reporters by phone Thursday morning that the Valley still figures prominently in the automaker’s future.
Although Barra wouldn’t provide many specifics, she said work should start next spring. At one point, she was asked if this new project will help ease some of the ill-will left over from the closing of the GM complex.
“I think it’s a very important step. I mean, General Motors has always talked about our commitment to all of our stakeholders, one of which is the communities that we live and work,” said Barra.
Although Barra only said the new positions will be what she calls “good-paying jobs,” comparable to what other GM parts-makers receive, she was pretty clear in that this new venture will have no ties, at least to start, with Lordstown Motors, which has taken over the old assembly plant.
“They have their own plan with their own supply base and their own strategy, and they’re executing to that, and you know, we are looking forward to their success,” she said.
Barra said GM’s future will one day be all-electric. Adding this new plant will be “critical,” as she called it, to reaching that goal.