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Ultium Plant Surpasses 2M Build Hours

The Ultium Cells Lansing site is charging forward, recently marking the completion of 2 million construction build hours on its new plant in Delta Township.

“This achievement is substantial, as (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics utilize construction build hours to assess a company’s safety and risk performances,” said Safety Specialist Sandy Sheils. “Two million hours represent a decade of dedicated work.”

Ultium Cells, a joint venture between General Motors and LG Chem, will produce Ultium battery cells at the facility to advance the push for a zero-emissions, all-electric future. GM and LG Chem are investing $2.6 billion in the facility to support EV manufacturing in the United States — in turn, growing local jobs, education, career training and infrastructure.

Announced in January 2022 and breaking ground in June of that year, the construction of the Ultium Cells Lansing plant is currently around 35% complete. To commemorate the construction build milestone, general contractor Barton Malow held an event at the plant construction site for all contract and trade workers.

“The true celebration at this time in the project is not in the 2 million craft labor hours alone but rather in the teamwork and cooperation that has been performed collaboratively among the client, contractors and local union labor to achieve what we have thus far,” said Chris Peterson, construction manager at Barton Malow Barton Malow. “Building a battery plant requires very detailed coordination among many different trades, and we are thankful to be working with professional and talented Michigan tradespeople who make it all possible.”

The building’s framework allows for an innovative open floor plan, with a main corridor spanning the width of the building interior and creating a natural connection point across the operation. The size of the plant will be greater than 48 football fields and will have an annual capacity of over 36 gigawatt hours with room to expand.

As construction continues, so does hiring. Ultium Cells is currently hiring for key positions to execute the setup and launch of battery cell manufacturing. Currently, Ultium Cells Lansing has around 120 employees, almost 50 of whom have been hired since December.

“We are thankful for the dedicated team of gifted individuals who are putting the structure in place to allow us to bring our facility to life. With the support of the greater Lansing region and Michigan, we are progressing toward a successful launch,” said Grace Griffin, plant director.

Interested applicants can visit ultiumcell.com to learn more about Ultium Cells or apply for career openings.

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