The new Ultium Cells LLC battery cell manufacturing plant in Spring Hill started steel construction Wednesday, according to a press release by Ultium Cells. The Tennessee Star previously reported the 2.8 million-square-foot facility will mass-produce battery cells for electric vehicles and create more than 1,300 new jobs for the region.
Steel construction at Ultium Cells LLC, a joint venture of LG Energy Solution and General Motors, will continue into spring of 2022, and the plant is expected to open on schedule in late 2023.
“We are proud of this achievement commencing our project progression. Although this is just the beginning of many milestones in Spring Hill, Ultium Cells is well positioned and poised to maintain the momentum,” said Kee Eun, President of Ultium Cells LLC. “Many thanks to the State of Tennessee, the Spring Hill community and our construction partners for their steadfast support.”
Spring Hill, Tennessee will join Lordstown, Ohio, as the second Ultium Cells LLC plant to mass-produce battery cells for GM’s growing Ultium-powered lineup, including vehicles like the Cadillac LYRIQ that will be built at GM’s Spring Hill assembly plant in the near future, according to GM.
Tennessee claims nearly 40 percent of the Southeast’s electric vehicle manufacturing jobs and investment, with more than $4.2 billion invested by companies in Tennessee’s electric vehicle industry. In addition, more than 16,000 electric vehicles are produced in the state each year, which ranks Tennessee No. 1 in the Southeast for electric vehicle manufacturing, according to the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.
GM currently employs more than 3,300 Tennesseans not including the 1,300 new jobs that will be created at the Spring Hill Ultium Cells LLC facility.
Job seekers interested in careers in battery cell manufacturing can apply for open positions here.
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