As construction continues on General Motors Co.’s joint venture Ultium Cells manufacturing plant in Lordstown, Ohio, starting today job seekers can apply here for setup and launch-related positions at the 3 million-square-foot facility.
The facility, a joint venture between the Detroit automaker and LG Chem that will mass-produce Ultium battery cells for electric vehicles, is expected to create more than 1,100 new jobs in northeast Ohio. 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,” says Thomas Gallagher, plant director at Ultium Cells. “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 says it is investing billions of dollars in its United States facilities to support electric vehicle manufacturing, including its share of the $2.3 billion investment in the Ultium Cells facility. The plant, which will be about the size of 30 football fields, will have annual capacity of more than 30 gigawatt hours and room for expansion.
“We want to put everyone in an EV,” says Ken Morris, vice president of autonomous and electric vehicle programs at GM. “The Ultium propulsion system allows us to provide customers with exactly what they want – whether it be a car, truck, or SUV. Our joint venture with LG Chem is exciting because we’re working together to drive down battery cell costs to accelerate EV adoption.”
The joint venture to develop and mass-produce battery cells is expected to drive cell costs below $100 per kilowatt-hour at full volume, and the new Ultium batteries are expected to have some of the highest nickel and lowest cobalt content in a large format pouch cell.
In the past month, GM has made strides toward its all-electric, zero-emissions future, including the recent unveiling of Factory ZERO, an all-electric vehicle assembly plant that will serve as the launchpad for GM’s multi-brand EV strategy; the reveal of the highly anticipated GMC HUMMER EV; and GM’s recent investment of $2 billion to transition its Spring Hill, Tenn. plant to build electric vehicles, including Cadillac LYRIQ.
The heart of GM’s strategy is a modular propulsion system and a highly flexible global EV platform powered by proprietary Ultium batteries, which it says will allow the company to compete for nearly every customer in the market today.