A123 Systems has some big plans for its Metro Detroit workforce now that the lithium-ion battery manufacturer has won a large contract from
"We're talking about hiring 1,000 people in Michigan over the next few years," says Dan Borgasano, PR manager for A123 Systems
. "Most of them will be in Livonia and Romulus."A123 Systems
, which calls Massachusetts home, develops and manufactures lithium-ion batteries, which are the battery packs that power hybrid-electric vehicles like the Chevrolet Volt
. The manufacturer employs 1,000 people in Michigan, most of whom work in the company's Livonia and Romulus production facilities.
The contract includes advanced Nanophosphate cells and fully integrated electronic components. GM battery engineering teams have tested and validated the A123 battery chemistry at the automaker's Global Battery Systems lab in Warren. Teams from both companies will now work on developing calibrations and software controls for the battery system in preparation for production.Source: Dan Borgasano, PR manager for A123 SystemsWriter: Jon ZemkeRead more about Metro Detroit's growing entrepreneurial ecosystem at SEMichiganStartup.com.