As GM Authority has been following for quite some time now, construction of the Ultium Cells Spring Hill plant in Tennessee was on track to begin operations by the end of the 2023 calendar year. Now, it appears as though the facility will be opening a few weeks later than originally anticipated.
As General Motors outlined in its Q3 2023 earnings presentation, the Ultium Cells Spring Hill plant will open sometime early 2024 due to construction delays.
In other Ultium Cells Spring Hill news, the facility recently announced that it will bump up the starting wages for several positions. More specifically, Production Operators and Quality Inspectors will start at $20 per hour, while Crew Leads will see $22 per hour. Process Maintenance Technicians have increased to $27 – $35 per hour while Facility Maintenance Technicians can make $29 – $36 per hour, of which the exact figures will be based on the level of experience.
An additional piece worth noting is that the plant is looking to add another 300 employees in the next few months. In fact, by the end of the 2023 calendar year, the Ultium Cells plant will be responsible for the employment of 1,700 workers.
Another recent development revolves around the ongoing contract negotiations between the Detroit Three automakers and the UAW union. After calls from across the U.S. for General Motors to fold Ultium Cells workers into UAW contracts – including from an Ohio Senator, the Detroit-based automaker finally agreed to allow the Ultium battery plants to be included in the national UAW labor agreement, thus marking a significant victory for the union in contract negotiations with The General.