(Washington) - It’s been rumored for a while that L.G. Chem might locate a new plant to manufacture Lithium-ion batteries in Holland, and there is another sign it may be true. The U.S. Dept. of energy has started the clock ticking on a 30 day public comment period on use of an 80 acre parcel at the corner of E. 48th and South Waverly Road for an 800-thousand square foot plant to make batteries. The Dept. of Energy has already pledged a 151-million dollar grant, and the state has pledged a 125-million dollar tax break if L.G. Chem locates in Michigan to build batteries for the Chevy Volt. That would almost cover the cost of the 303-million dollar plant. The Prince family owns the parcel. L.G. Chem hasn’t announced where it’s building. It would be the second plant in Holland making lithium-ion batteries. Johnson Controls is working with Saft, a French Company, to convert their Meadowbrook site into a battery plant.
-John McNeill, News Director, Midwest Communications of Michigan, Kalamazoo