Now that an ugly, public financial dispute with the federal government is behind it, NextStar Energy, a joint venture between Stellantis and LG Energy Solution, has started the process of hiring thousands of people at its $5-billion electric-vehicle battery plant in Windsor, Ont.
NextStar on July 31 launched the recruitment of 130 people, including 30 white-collar workers who will “launch and grow the business operations,” the company said in a statement. The other 100 will be a core team of production engineers and technicians.
Those engineers and technicians will begin an international training program in October, learning how to run a large-scale lithium-ion battery plant at existing plants in Poland, China and South Korea, NextStar said.
"Employees are the most important asset in building lithium-ion batteries, and we plan to invest significantly in making sure that our employees are ready to manage the complicated process and equipment," Danies Lee, CEO of NextStar Energy, said in the statement.