LG Chem to begin Michigan production in July - May 6th, 2013 - State
— An advanced battery maker plans to launch commercial production of automotive lithium-ion battery cells in southwestern Michigan in July.
LG Chem Michigan Inc. announced plans for its Holland facility on Sunday night.
The subsidiary of South Korean company LG Chem says test runs have begun at the facility and it anticipates shipping products by the end of the summer.
The plant initially will manufacture batteries for General Motors Co.'s Chevrolet Volt, and production volume is expected to increase depending on the electric market and securing additional contracts.
LG Chem drew attention during its 2010 groundbreaking, when President Barack Obama traveled to Michigan for the event.
LG Chem in February said it reimbursed $842,000 in funding that federal officials say was misused as part of $150 million in stimulus money.