Michigan battery plant awarded $151 million for advancement of electric vehicles puts employees on furlough

Employees at electric vehicle company LG Chem on rolling furloughs since April

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HOLLAND, Mich. - A company that runs a southwestern Michigan electric vehicle battery plant says its employees are on rolling furloughs until demand picks up.

A subsidiary of South Korean company LG Chem tells The Holland Sentinel and WOOD-TV that furloughs began in April.

It confirmed Thursday they would continue for the roughly 200 workers.

The company says it's because of a re-timing of the start of battery production as the electric vehicle market develops.

MLive.com reports staff have been working three-fourths of their regular schedules at the Holland-area plant.

The company says they'll continue to get health care benefits.

The plant was awarded $151 million from the government's investment in advanced batteries and electric vehicles.

It drew attention during its 2010 groundbreaking, when President Barack Obama traveled to Michigan for the event.

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