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Ultium Cells gets OK for water, sewer easements

Council also approves tax incentive for company moving into Lordstown

LORDSTOWN — Village council gave the needed approval Tuesday for acquiring nonexclusive easements from Ultium Cells LLC to construct lines for transporting water and sewer from the company.

Council President Ron Radtka said this will allow the village to get the needed easements for sanitary sewer and waterline extensions to provide service for the company.

Ultium Cells LLC, a General Motors-supported electric vehicle battery-cell manufacturing plant, is under construction near the automaker’s former Lordstown assembly plant off Tod Avenue NW and is in line to start production in early 2022.

The plant is a joint venture with South Korea’s LG Chem, a global leader in battery cells. Together, the companies are sharing equally the $2.3 billion investment that will mass produce battery cells for several GM models, including the GMC Hummer, Cadillac Lyriq and Cruise Origin — GM’s electric driverless vehicle.

The company anticipates mass producing the cells will drive costs to less than $100 per kilowatt hour at full volume.

Bova Excavating was approved at $598,425 for the state Route 45 corridor waterline improvements to start this month.

In other business, council also approved a community reinvestment area tax incentive for M&M Industries of Chattanooga, Tenn. The Lordstown Board of Education earlier this month agreed to waive sharing any taxes from the construction and operation of the plant.

Radtka said the village will receive an additional $14,000 annually instead of sharing the amount with the schools.

M&M Industries is moving into the village and bringing jobs, as well as much needed income tax. School officials noted while it is not a lot of income tax, the company plans to have 106 jobs in five years.

Mayor Arno Hill said the village appreciates the $14,000 and noted the school district will still get the property tax.

In November, both village council and the board of education approved granting M&M Industries a 15-year, 75 percent property tax abatement.

M&M Industries makes plastic containers such as for cat litter and chemicals and pharmaceutical products, which are shipped around the world. The site for the $36 million project is the more-than-81,000-square-foot former Magna Seating facility on Henn Parkway.

Company officials said plans are to open between Memorial Day and July 4.

Also, council approved an increase in the sanitary sewer rates for customers of the eastside sanitary sewer system within and outside the village.

Radtka said customers will see an increase from $5 to $6.66 per 1,000 gallons.

“The increase for the eastside sanitary sewer system is needed because the village is receiving an increase from Warren city,” Radtka said.

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