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Stimulus Battery Company Workers With No Work To Do Playing Cards, Watching Movies
Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/20/2012 | Jarrett Skorup

Posted on 10/24/2012 1:03:51 PM PDT by MichCapCon

LG Chem, a Korean-owned company with a battery manufacturing plant in Holland, Mich., received a $151 million grant through the federal stimulus program and another $100 million in promised credits from Michigan taxpayers.

Today, the company faces “rolling furloughs” and workers reportedly are sitting around playing cards and reading magazines because “there’s nothing to do.”

Just two years ago, President Obama hailed the company as helping to transform the state to “a green economy” and bring “not just any jobs,” but “jobs in the industries of the future.” But recently, some workers went on record telling WOOD TV in Grand Rapids that “as much as they want to work, there’s nothing to do.”

"We were given assignments to go outside and clean; if we weren't cleaning outside, we were cleaning inside. If there was nothing for us to do, we would study in the cafeteria, or we would sit and play cards, sit and read magazines," said former employee Nicole Merryman, who said she quit in May. "It's really sad that all these people are sitting there and doing nothing, and it's basically on taxpayer money."

LG Chem promised in 2010 to create 443 new jobs in five years — those projections have been shelved. Today, $133 million of the $151 million in federal dollars has been spent and the 200 current workers for the company have been on “rolling furloughs” since April.

A few weeks ago, the company’s spokesman told Michigan Capitol Confidential, "Ultimately, market conditions and demand for lithium-ion batteries are going to determine when the company is going to be able to launch production and grow," said Randy Boileau. "The company has said the Holland facility will play an important role in its global strategy for the batteries."

This report comes on the heels of another “green energy” failure as A123 Systems, another battery company, declared bankruptcy this week. The company was promoted heavily by President Obama and top Michigan Democratic politicians. Earlier this year, Michigan Capitol Confidential uncovered a video of President Obama, Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, and U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu promising “hundreds” and “thousands” of jobs.

TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: greenenergy

1 posted on 10/24/2012 1:03:56 PM PDT by MichCapCon
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To: Springman; Sioux-san; 70th Division; JPG; PGalt; DuncanWaring; taildragger; epluribus_2; tatown; ...
LG Chem is a large global company. Why the hell do we need to pay them to do "business" in the first place?

If anyone wants to be added to the Michigan Cap Con ping list, let me know.
2 posted on 10/24/2012 1:15:59 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

I think my nephew is an engineer with this company.

3 posted on 10/24/2012 1:19:02 PM PDT by arrogantsob (The Disaster MUST Go. Sarah herself supports Romney.)
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To: arrogantsob

I get irritated every time I switch my cell phone on because the LG logo shows up.

4 posted on 10/24/2012 1:21:28 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: MichCapCon

Wow, if I had known four years ago that this was the case with green energy companies, I would have quit my job, started a “green energy” business, get 10 million or so and then go belly up and take my money and run all the way to bank laughing hysterically...

Wait, I have morals, I wouldn’t be able to live with myself. But I could live with the extra money, my soul would be dead,...

5 posted on 10/24/2012 1:23:19 PM PDT by GraceG
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