Congressman Tim Ryan Hosts Meeting Today with LG Chem Executives and Ohio State Senators Sean O’Brien and Michael Rulli in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) today hosted a meeting in his Washington, D.C. office with Ohio State Senators Sean O’Brien (D-OH, District 32) and Michael Rulli (R-OH, District 33) and LG Chem executives. LG Chem and General Motors (GM) are building a joint electric vehicle (EV) battery plant in Lordstown, Ohio. The meeting centered around how the federal government and State of Ohio and LG Chem can best work together to move this project forward. Also, discussed was the potential for supply chain opportunities with businesses throughout the Mahoning Valley and Northeast Ohio. GM and LG Chem’s joint EV battery plant is set to create more than 1,100 jobs and be considered one of the largest EV battery plants in the world when the facility is completed. Representatives from LG Chem included: Mr. Jin-Won Park, Senior Vice President of Head of Policy Research at LG Corporation, Mr. Jun-Sung Park, Vice President of Public Affairs at LG Chemical, and Mr. Eun Kee, Vice President of the Battery Division at LG Chemical.
“I am very appreciative of the LG Chem executives and Senators O’Brien and Rulli for traveling to Washington, D.C. for this extremely productive meeting. I look forward to continuing working with them to make this battery plant a success,” said Congressman Tim Ryan. “This plant is going to be among the largest battery-cell manufacturing facilities in the world, and I know it’s going to be a game-changer for us in Northeast Ohio. It will boost our local economy and help the Mahoning Valley lead in the next wave of American manufacturing.”
“This is an exciting time in the Valley as we see our area at the forefront of the transformation from gas to electric motor vehicles,” said State Senator Sean O’Brien (D-OH, District 32). “I am happy to work with GM, LG Chemical and Lordstown Motors, as well as Youngstown State University and Eastern Gateway Community College as they all come together for research and product development that will make our area the battery and electric vehicle capital of the country. Today meetings are an important step in that direction.”
“We have had some exciting and productive meetings with the executives from LG. All of the Mahoning Valley delegation is behind this project and will do whatever possible to make this a reality. We have the workforce and the partners to make our area the battery capital of the world,” said Senator Michael Rulli (R-OH, District 33).
LG Chem is the largest chemical company in South Korea and manufactures electric batteries for vehicles – its North American headquarters is in Troy, Michigan. GM wants to break ground on the Lordstown site in April of this year, with completion expected by January 2022. They hope to have 20 battery-powered vehicles in production by 2023.
These developments come on the heels of Lordstown Motors’ November 2019 announcement that they would acquire GM’s former Lordstown Plant. Ryan’s statement on that announcement can be found here.