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Proposed Battery Plant Nears Final Decision

(New Carlisle, IN) - There could be an EV battery-making plant outside New Carlisle after all, as a new version of the plan for such has unanimously been passed by the St. Joseph County Commissioners and Redevelopment Commission.


The proposal is scheduled for final consideration now by the St. Joseph County Council, currently planing to meet again on Tuesday beginning at 6:30 p.m. This comes after GM and LG parted ways on a fourth electric vehicle battery plant that could have been in New Carlisle. GM and Samsung are now partnering on the estimated $3.5 billion venture.


Officials said the new plan would be about $1 billion more costly, increases the average worker wage to $24 dollars an hour and covers 3-million square feet of land between two buildings.


Some of the information that has not changed between the two ventures is they'd both have around 1,600 workers and work on the project is expected to be done by late 2027.


The proposal will first be discussed by the County Council Committee, which meets at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday before reaching the full council one hour later.

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