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GM says construction of its NE Ohio battery plant is right on schedule

October 19, 2020

General Motors Co. said construction on its new 3 million-square-foot battery plant it's building in Lordstown, Ohio, is right on schedule.

The automaker (NYSE: GM) said the new $2.3 billion Ultium Cells LLC battery cell manufacturing facility — a joint venture between GM and South Korea's LG Chem — broke ground in May and concrete footings have been poured. Steel construction has begun at the plant and is expected to continue through the fall.

GM is building the plant on 158 acres off Tod Avenue in Lordstown. When it's operational in early 2022, the plant is expected to employ 1,100 people. It's located immediately east of a former GM assembly plant.

“Our joint venture with LG Chem will allow us to produce advanced battery cells in Lordstown, with the goal of reducing battery costs to accelerate EV adoption and ultimately benefit customers," said Ken Morris, vice president of autonomous and electric vehicle programs at GM, in a statement.

GM said it expects to put the Ultium batteries in its new Cadillac Lyriq electric car and its new electric Hummer sport utility vehicle.

NBA star LeBron James, who grew up in Akron, is touting the new Hummer in a series of television commercials, one of which can be seen here.

The company's new Cadillac Lyriq will be unveiled next week, with GM saying, "with Ultium at its core, Cadillac will deliver a full portfolio of luxury electric vehicles."

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