General Motors has announced it is accepting job applications for the new Ultium Cells battery cell plant that it is building with LG Chem in Lordstown, Ohio.
The new facility will create more than 1,100 new jobs in Northeast Ohio and job seekers can already apply for positions on the Ultium Cells website. The plant will begin actively hiring for key positions to execute the set up and launch of battery cell manufacturing. GM says additional job openings will be posted to the website as they become available.
“We are excited to share our vision of an all-electric future as we begin adding members to our highly-technical battery cell manufacturing team,” said Thomas Gallagher, plant director, Ultium Cells LLC. “This facility will lead us into a new era of manufacturing and sustainability as we push toward a zero-emissions future. We are very grateful for the Lordstown community’s continued support.”
GM is investing billions of dollars in its United States facilities to support EV manufacturing and that includes its share of the $2.3 billion investment in the Ultium Cells facility. Occupying an area of nearly 3 million-square-foot (about the size of 30 football fields), the plant will have annual capacity of more than 30 gigawatt hours and room for expansion.
General Motors’ joint venture with LG Chem is expected to drive battery cell costs below $100 per kilowatt-hour at full volume, with the new Ultium batteries expected to have some of the highest nickel and lowest cobalt content in a large format pouch cell.
“We want to put everyone in an EV. The Ultium propulsion system allows us to provide customers with exactly what they want – whether it be a car, truck or SUV,” said Ken Morris, GM vice president of Autonomous and Electric Vehicle Programs. “Our joint venture with LG Chem is exciting because we’re working together to drive down battery cell costs to accelerate EV adoption.”
In the past month, GM has made three major announcements regarding its all-electric future: the recent unveiling of the Factory Zero electric vehicle assembly plant, the launch of the GMC Hummer EV electric pickup, and the $2 billion investment to transition its Spring Hill, Tennessee plant to building EVs, including the Cadillac Lyriq.