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Local Company Stops Production

HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) -- A local company keeps starting and stopping production.  The LG-Chem/Compact Power battery-making plant on 48th Street in Holland produces lithium-ion batteries for the Chevrolet Volt and other products. The plant had delayed full-scale production for over a year due to slow sales of the Volt, with over 800 thousand dollars of a federal stimulus grant given back after reports of idled workers had surfaced.  Officials of the facility say that production ramped up for the electric power sources in July, and the first shipments were expected to go to GM by early October.  In an emailed statement, LG Chem Spokesman Jeremy Hagemeyer said that an ingredient was discovered by company officials that “might not be properly registered,” with the Environmental Agency.  Production is temporarily shut down until the ingredient is registered or the EPA gives approval.  Delays are expected to last about six weeks.

Story By:  Diane E Coston