Chevy Volt Battery Plant Floundering Despite $151M from Obama
Another in a long list of Obama-touted and tax-supported “green energy” companies is on the verge of going out of business, this time in Michigan.
Two years ago, President Obama visited the LG Chem battery plant in Holland, Michigan. He then hailed the plant, saying, “You are leading the way in showing how manufacturing jobs are coming right back here to the United States of America.”
But today, those LG Chem jobs Obama claimed were “coming back” are seeing intermittent layoffs instead of growth.
In 2010, the plant, which supplies batteries for the Chevy Volt, received $151 million in tax money from the U.S. Department of Energy, but it has been good money after bad.
Today, $133 million of that $151 million has been spent, but since April, the company’s 200 workers have been on “rolling furloughs” because the electric vehicle market has failed to blossom as promised by many.
In 2010, the plant was projected to create 443 new jobs within five years. Those projections have been shelved as the company says it can’t predict when the furloughs will stop for its current employees.