April 2, 2012
Study shows Holland is the ‘battery capital of North America,’ says economic development official
HOLLAND, MI – LG Chem of South Korea and Johnson Controls Inc., two companies that make lithium ion batteries for electrical vehicles in Holland, were ranked at the top of the heap by a recent study of the emerging industry .
“That makes us the battery capital of North America,” said Randy Thelen, president of Lakeshore Advantage, the economic development outfit that helped bring LG Chem Ltd. of South Korea and Johnson Controls Inc. to Holland.
“In no place else in the country have you seen more production and more investment in the battery industry than right here,” Thelen said. “That bodes very well for where we’re headed.”