Ultium Cells LLC — an electric vehicle battery-cell manufacturing plant jointly backed by General Motors and South Korea’s LG Chem — plans to have 400 employees on board by the end of the year.
The company has started with three so far with human resources, training and workplace safety assignments.
During that time will be phased equipment installation at the $2.3 billion facility on Tod Avenue, immediately east of GM’s former automaking plant.
The facility is being built on 158 acres of land GM acquired in March for $5.1 million from NP Lordstown 173 LLC, an affiliate of Kansas City-based North Point Development.
The initial customer for Ultium Cells is Factory Zero, the former Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center, which straddles the border of Detroit and Hamtramck, where production of the Hummer EV is expected to begin this year.