General Motors announced that potential candidates and job seekers can now apply for open positions via the Ultium Cells LLC website. When construction is complete, the Ultium Cells LLC battery manufacturing facility in Lordstown is estimated to create 1,100 new jobs in the Northeast Ohio area. Hiring is now underway for key positions that include the setup and launch of full-scale battery cell manufacturing and operations.
Once fully operational, the plant will manufacture battery cells for the new GMC Hummer EV, Cadillac LYRIQ, and Cruise Origin, a shared self-driving vehicle.
“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.”
Investments In EV Manufacturing
GM is investing billions in its United States facilities to support electric vehicle manufacturing, including its share of the $2.3 billion investment in the Ultium Cells LLC facility. According to officials, the plant will be about 30 football fields in size and have an annual capacity of more than 30 gigawatt-hours, with room for expansion. Furthermore, GM’s joint venture with LG Chem to develop and mass-produce battery cells is expected to drive cell costs below $100 per kilowatt-hour at full volume. The new Ultium batteries are also expected to have some of the highest nickel and lowest cobalt content in a large format pouch cell.
This announcement from Lordstown comes on the heels of GM unveiling a new vision for its Detroit-Hamtramck facility, now known as Factory ZERO. The plant, formerly the home of the Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac CT6 sedans, will now serve as the production home for the new GMC Hummer EV. GM has also committed $2 billion to the Spring Hill Manufacturing facility (Tennessee) for the production of electric vehicles, including the Cadillac LYRIQ.
“We want to put everyone in an EV,” said Ken Morris, GM vice president of Autonomous and Electric Vehicle Programs. “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.”