With construction of the GM Ultium Cells plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee kicking off in late 2021, the facility has slowly but surely made progress towards its ultimate goal of producing Ultium battery cells. Now, this very objective has finally been achieved, as the plant has officially manufactured its first Ultium battery.
In a post to LinkedIn, Ultium Cells LLC announced that the first batch of Ultium battery cells had been manufactured, marking a significant milestone in the facility’s history. With construction of the Spring Hill plant currently expected to be completed by early 2024 – as construction was delayed a few months – it’s likely that production of the battery cells will slowly ramp up to full-scale levels over the course of the year.
As a reminder, all Ultium Cell plants – including the Spring Hill facility – have been folded into UAW contracts following the 2023 UAW Strike. This is a huge victory for its workers, as the Ultium Cells plants are technically operated under a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solution, making unionized agreements all the more difficult to reach.
In regard to Ultium Cells Spring Hill itself, the facility announced back in October 2023 – before a UAW agreement was met – that it will increase 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.
In addition, the plant is hoping to add another 300 employees. This would mean that by the end of the 2023 calendar year, the Spring Hill facility will be responsible for the employment of 1,700 workers.