The final steel beam of the new Ultium Cells battery plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee was recently put in place, marking the completion of the new facility’s steel structure.
“This is a significant milestone for the Ultium Cells team and our construction trade partners as we continue to make strides safely and at an unprecedented pace,” said plant director of Ultium Cells Spring Hill, Chris Desautels. “This is a fundamental mark in our journey as Ultium Cells, and I look forward to more foundational moments as we begin to build an inclusive and engaged workforce.”
The new Ultium Cells battery plant in Spring Hill is just one part of the joint venture between GM and LG Energy Solution, and will build towards the mass-production of Ultium battery cells for use in future all-electric GM vehicles. The Spring Hill facility represents an investment of $2.3 billion between GM and LGES.
The facility’s steel structure was completed in just 6 months, with 550,000 construction build hours poured into its creation. When the entire facility is completed, it will span some 2.8 million square feet. Employee hiring for the Ultium Cells plant is now underway, and expected to create more than 1,300 jobs in the Spring Hill area. Ultium Cells is now hiring key positions for the setup and launch of full-scale battery cell manufacturing, with 50 new launch team members set to join by the end of the year.
The new Ultium Cells plant in Spring Hill will begin full-scale production by Q4 of the 2023 calendar year. Looking ahead, the Spring Hill facility will be just one of several new Ultium battery production plants planned for operation in the U.S., with the Ultium Cells plant in Warren, Ohio set to begin production in August, and the Ultium Cells plant in Lansing, Michigan set to begin production in Q3 of 2024.