New facility will support electric vehicle manufacturing in the U.S.
LORDSTOWN, Ohio—Ironworkers at Ultium Cells LLC’s battery cell manufacturing facility marked a construction milestone recently with the final beam installation at what will soon be a 2.8-million-square-foot operation in Lordstown, Ohio, according to a release from General Motors. The team hoisted and installed the final beam as part of a traditional “topping out” ceremony, where leadership and trade partner employees had the opportunity to sign the beam and participate in a photograph.
Ultium Cells, a joint venture between General Motors and LG Chem, will mass-produce Ultium battery cells at the facility to advance the push for a zero-emissions, all-electric future. General Motors and LG Chem are investing $2.3 billion in the facility to support electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing in the U.S., and, in turn, local jobs, education, career training, and infrastructure, GM said in the release.
More than 500,000 hours have been devoted to development of the facility, which is slated for completion in 2022. This includes creation and installation of the steel structure, sourced from U.S. mills and fabricated in the U.S. from globally sourced parts. The building’s framework allows for an innovative open floor plan environment, with a main corridor spanning the width of the building interior and creating a natural connection point across the operation. The plant will equal the size of 30 football fields and will have annual capacity of over 30 gigawatt hours with room to expand, according to the release.
“We are pleased construction at Ultium continues to progress safely and on schedule,” said Kee Eun, president of Ultium Cells LLC, in the release. “While we faced unprecedented challenges from the very beginning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been able to execute successfully according to plan, thanks to the collaborative efforts between General Motors and LG Chem, as well as the support and commitment from our contract partners and the local community.”
As construction continues, so does hiring. Ultium Cells plans to create more than 1,100 new jobs in Northeast Ohio and is hiring to fill those positions.
“This is a significant milestone for the Ultium Cells team and our construction trade partners as we continue to build our physical foundation through the construction of our site, and our cultural foundation as we stand up our workforce,” said Tom Gallagher, operations director of Ultium Cells LLC, in the release. “It is exciting to see the team coming together to support the launch of this important business.”