NEW YORK, New York (News Talk 1480 WHBC) – General Motors is returning to Lordstown, but not to the former assembly and metal fab plant.

The company announced a $2.3 billion joint venture with South Korean-based LG Chem to mass produce battery cells for electric vehicles.

CEO Mary Barra says they’ll eventually need 1100 employees.

The venture will build a new facility somewhere in Lordstown.

It’s not known if the United Autoworkers union will represent the employees.