Secretary Chu to Visit Detroit to Highlight Support for Auto Industry, Promote High Technology Jobs of Tomorrow


Washington, DC – On Monday, July 18, 2011, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu will visit Detroit to highlight the Obama Administration’s commitment to supporting the U.S. automotive industry and creating the high-technology jobs of tomorrow
On Monday morning, Secretary Chu will join Michigan Senator Carl Levin, Representative John Dingell, Representative Sander Levin, and A123 Systems CEO David Vieau for a tour of the A123 Systems plant in Romulus, Mich.  A123 Systems makes advanced Lithium Ion batteries for electric vehicles.  Thanks in large part to a $249 million grant it received as part of the Recovery Act to start manufacturing batteries and packs for electric vehicles, A123 Systems recently hired its 1,000th employee in Michigan.   The Department of Energy’s support for A123 Systems is part of the Obama Administration’s effort to help make the American auto industry more competitive and create the high tech jobs of tomorrow here at home.  Following the tour, Vieau, Secretary Chu, Senator Levin, Representative Dingell, and Representative Levin will participate in a press conference at 12:00 noon.
While in the Detroit area, Secretary Chu will also deliver a keynote address at an Advanced Vehicle Power Technology Workshop being jointly hosted by the Department of Energy and the Department of the Army at NextEnergy’s office in Detroit.
Department of Energy and Department of the Army Advanced Vehicle Power Technology Workshop:           
Who:  U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu
What: Keynote address at the Advanced Vehicle Power Technology Workshop
Where: NextEnergy, 461 Burroughs, Detroit, Mich.
When: Monday, July 18, 2011 at 8:00a.m.
Media must register for the event by contacting John Wray at 248- 310- 7231 or
Press Conference at A123 Systems Plant:
Who:  U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Senator Carl Levin, Representative John Dingell, Representative Sander Levin, and David Vieau, CEO of A123 Systems
What: Press Conference following tour of A123 Systems manufacturing facility
Where: A123 Systems, 38100 Ecorse Road, Romulus, Mich.
Enter through southwest entrance (the first entrance on the right side, parking lot on left)
When: Monday, July 18 at 12:00 PM.