Manufacturer of batteries for electric vehicles potentially investing in New Carlisle

Published: Aug. 18, 2022 at 12:15 PM EDT
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NEW CARLISLE, Ind. (WNDU) - A significant economic boost could be in the works for Michiana.

Ultium Cells LLC, a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solution, is developing a competitive business case for a potential large investment that could be in New Carlisle.

Ultium Cells has submitted a tax abatement application with St. Joseph County. Ultium Cells, with the support of GM officials are in discussions with the appropriate local officials on the abatement application.

Officials with Ultium Cells say they look forward to the application being reviewed and hopefully approved later this month, as securing an approved tax abatement is a critical step of the project moving forward.

The project could bring in well over 1,000 jobs.

Meanwhile, the manufacturer is expected to start producing battery cells for electric vehicle at three facilities in the United States:

  • Lansing, Mich.
  • Spring Hill, Tenn.
  • Warren, Ohio

Production is expected to start at the Ohio plant later this year, while production is slated to begin at the Tennessee plant in early 2023 and at the Michigan plant in late 2025.

Brooke Waid from Ultium Cells released a statement Thursday, saying:

Bill Schalliol, Director of Economic Development at the Department of Infrastructure, Planning & Growth for St. Joseph County, also released a statement, saying:

“We’re in the fact-finding stage and we just need to find out if it’s coming for sure and then delve into doing some research about it and trying to get an idea about the affects both positive and negative that it could have on our town...Regarding trucks and traffic and just stresses like that. Obviously with jobs and economic boost and it would be good for restaurants and service industries like that around here,” said New Carlisle Town Council President Marcy Kauffman.

The St. Joseph County Council Committee meets on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 5:30 p.m., and Ultium Cells is expected to be there.

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