LG Chem holds job fair in effort to double workforce

An LG Chem job fair on May 14, 2015.

HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — LG Chem is holding another job fair as part of their effort to double the size of its production workforce in 2015.

The company says it’s adding production equipment and new processes and expects to employ a total of 300 people by the end of the year — double its current workforce of 150.

The company, which supplies EV batteries to several automakers, said the added jobs will allow it to keep up with the demands of a new automotive customer. LG Chem is waiting to name that new customer.

LG Chem held a second job fair on Thursday to help fill those positions, which include:

  • Technical Operators, starting at $13/hour (Production, QA, Shipping/Receiving)
  • Maintenance positions (Electrical and Mechanical)
  • Engineer positions in Production, QA & Facilities
  • Production Supervisors
  • Sr. Technical Operators

>>Online: Apply for a job at LG Chem

More than 250 people attended a previous job fair.

The expansion comes more than two years after a Target 8 investigation uncovered employees were playing games and volunteering on company time because there wasn’t enough work at the plant.

Following the investigation, federal authorities demanded the company pay back more than $2 million in federal grant money.

LG Chem says things have changed since then.

“In terms of our production volume, we’ve been in regular production since mid-2013 — July 2013 — and that now is increasing as the demand increase for electric vehicles,” said LG Chem spokesman Jeremy Hagemeyer.

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