Congressman Tim Ryan Praises GM-LG Chem Announcement to Build Electric Batteries in Lordstown, Ohio | Congressman Tim Ryan
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Congressman Tim Ryan Praises GM-LG Chem Announcement to Build Electric Batteries in Lordstown, Ohio

December 5, 2019
Press Release
$2.3 billion investment will create approximately 1,100 manufacturing jobs

Lordstown, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today praised the announcement from General Motors (GM) and LG Chem to create a joint partnership that will build an electric vehicle battery plant in Lordstown, Ohio. This $2.3 billion investment will create 1,100 manufacturing jobs and break ground in mid-2020. This announcement follows Lordstown Motors’ acquisition of the former GM Lordstown Plant in November to build electric trucks.

“This is amazing news for the Mahoning Valley and all of Northeast Ohio. GM and LG Chem’s announcement to build an electric battery plant in Lordstown speaks to the unwavering commitment, strong work-ethic, and innovative spirit of our community,” said Congressman Ryan. “Electric vehicles are the future of our economy and transportation system. Last month’s announcement that Lordstown Motors will build electric trucks here and today’s announcement that GM-LG Chem will manufacture electric batteries here, underscore the leading role our community will play in the electric vehicle revolution happening today. I want the United States to dominate this market—we should be the global leader of electric vehicle manufacturing—and these investments are critical to making this a reality. Lordstown Motors and GM-LG Chem’s announcements are not only great for our community in Northeast Ohio, but for our country as well.”

LG Chem is the largest chemical company in South Korea and manufacturers electric batteries for vehicles – its North American headquarters is in Troy, Michigan.

Last week Congressman Tim Ryan and Tim O’Hara, President of UAW Local 1112 in Lordstown wrote a joint op-ed regarding our community’s need to get ahead of the growing electric vehicle market. The op-ed was published in both the Warren Tribune and Youngstown Vindicator and can be read here.

On November 7, 2019, Lordstown Motors Corp. announced the acquisition of GM’s Lordstown Plant. Ryan’s statement can be found here