Spring Hill, Tennessee – Ironworkers and construction partners at the Ultium Cells battery cell manufacturing plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee, have reached a major construction milestone with the final installation of the beam on what will be soon to be a 2.8 million square foot operation.
The team hoisted and placed the final beam in a traditional “filling” ceremony, during which leaders, business partners and employees signed the final beam and commemorated the milestone.
Ultium Cells, a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solution, will mass produce Ultium battery cells at the plant. GM and LGES are investing $2.3 billion in the facility to support US electric vehicle manufacturing, local jobs, education, job training and infrastructure.
More than 550,000 hours have gone into the development of the facility, which is scheduled for completion in late 2023. This includes the creation and installation of the American-made steel structure.. The building’s framework provides an innovative open floor plan environment, with a main hallway spanning the full width of the building’s interior, featuring distinct reclaimed wood furniture and wall treatments in collaboration with Good Wood, based in Nashville.
“We are pleased with the rapid progress we have made in building our latest Ultium Cells site, all with safety as a priority,” said Kee Eun, President of Ultium Cells. “This milestone would not have been possible without the strong support of the State of Tennessee, Maury County, the City of Spring Hill, and our collaboration with our building partners, especially the 500 men and women on place every day. And of course, our joint venture partners LG Energy Solution and General Motors.
As construction continues, so does hiring. Ultium Cells is currently recruiting for key positions to execute the setup and launch of battery cell manufacturing. The company will onboard over 50 new launch team members by the end of this year.
“This is an important milestone for the Ultium Cells team and our construction business partners as we continue to move forward safely and at an unprecedented rate,” said Chris Desautels, Director of Ultium Cells Spring Hill plant. “This is a fundamental step in our journey as Ultium Cells, and I look forward to more fundamental moments as we begin to build an inclusive and engaged workforce. I am both honored and thrilled to be part of this growing team.
The Ultium Cells Spring Hill site joins other Ultium Cells battery cell manufacturing sites being built in Ohio and Michigan. Ultium Cells’ factory in Warren, Ohio will begin production of battery cells in August 2022. Ultium Cells’ factory in Lansing, Michigan is under construction and will begin production in the third quarter of 2024.
Job seekers interested in high-tech careers in battery cell manufacturing can apply for open positions on the Ultium Cells website.
Ultium Cells is a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solution that will mass-produce Ultium battery cells to advance the push toward a zero-emissions, all-electric future. Ultium Cells will provide battery cell capacity to support GM’s North American electric vehicle assembly capacity of more than one million units by mid-decade, while supporting GM’s plans to supply other automakers and other industries, including rail, aerospace, heavy trucking and marine customers. For more information on Ultium Cells, please visit https://www.ultiumcell.com.