Proposed site announced for GM, LG Chem battery plant in Lordstown
The proposed site for the GM and LG Chem battery cell plant has been announced.
The proposed 158-acre site is located along Tod Avenue between Salt Springs Road and Hallock Young Road in Lordstown.
It's directly behind the Lordstown Motors Corporation's facility, which was the former GM plant.
GM Spokesperson Dan Flores says they have a purchase agreement with the property owner, but they have not closed the deal yet.
They hope to close it over the next few months.
"This move gets us a step closer to making the state-of-the-art plant a reality and positioning the Mahoning Valley as a major force in technology and electric vehicle manufacturing," Flores said. "GM is committed to engaging with the community as we develop this project in a responsible and sustainable manner."
Before breaking ground, GM must secure several permits, including site development plan approval from the Village of Lordstown as well as state and federal environmental permits.
The company has submitted permit applications to the Ohio EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The proposed site has 66 acres categorized as wetlands. Flores said they plan to create 130 acres of wetlands in the Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area if everything goes as planned.
The goal is to begin initial site preparations in the Spring, making way for the installation of utilities, an extension of rail and road access from adjacent infrastructure and construction of buildings over the next several months.
GM said they welcome input from the community and are discussing incentives with the village.
According to Flores, they looked at multiple sites and then narrowed it down to the most suitable property.
Once completed, the $2.3 billion battery cell plant will create more than 1,100 new jobs.