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GM, LG Chem executives discuss future production at Holland plant

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Executives with, big three automaker, General Motors are in Holland Wednesday to talk about future plans with partner LG Chem.

The Korean chemical company makes lithium ion batteries for plug-in hybrids like the Chevrolet Volt and makes communications modules for OnStar.

Things have been moving in the right direction, recently, for the LG Chem's West Michigan plant. Just a few years ago, the company struggled with idle production, low sales and weak demand.

However, earlier this year the company announced a $25 million expansion and the creation of more jobs shortly before General Motors announced it would partner with LG Chem on its new Chevy Bolt.

The vehicle is an all-electric crossover SUV and made it's debut at the North American International Auto Show in January. The Bolt has a single charge range of 200 miles and will be built in Michigan.

According to GM executives, LG Chem isn't just supplying batteries for the vehicle that has a release date of 2017. Instead, LG Chem essentially co-developed the car's climate controls, electric-drive motor, dashboard displays and more.

Wednesday, executives from both companies, along with auto industry insiders will continue a two-day tour of the plant in Holland to talk about this growing partnership and future production.