Auto supplier plans to expand plant
An auto supplier is planning to build a 100,000-square-foot addition to its plant in the region — which could create up to 150 jobs.
Holland-based LG Chem Michigan, Inc., or LGCMI, a maker of lithium-ion polymer batteries for electronic vehicles and energy storage applications, said today it will expand its battery manufacturing facility, at 1 LG Way, to support the production of battery packs.
LG Chem’s current facility is focused on producing battery cells, and the addition would focus on building the packs and include multiple assembly lines.
LGCMI plans to break ground on the addition in March and occupy the space by August.
The addition is expected to create jobs in Holland “over the years ahead.” Most of those jobs would be production-based.
LGCMI employs a workforce of more than 450 employees, with 140 being hired in 2016.
LG Chem is a supplier for the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica hybrid and 2017 Chevy Volt.
Nick Kassanos, president of LG Chem Michigan, said the demand for battery packs and cells continues to grow with “the electrification of vehicles.”
LGCMI said in 2016 it produced more than six-million battery cells, enough to power in excess of 30,000 vehicles, and it expects to produce more in 2017.