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Gotion puts battery plant plan on hold in one of two Mich. towns, official says

Posted By: The Detroit News on February 24, 2023.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.


A Chinese battery plant slated for development in the Big Rapids area appears to be putting plans on hold, at least temporarily, in a township where it was looking to locate its facility, the township supervisor said Friday.

A lawyer for Gotion Inc. contacted Big Rapids Township this week to notify the community that it would be focusing its initial efforts in neighboring Green Township instead, Big Rapids Township Supervisor Bill Stanek said.

The email from Gotion comes a little more than a week after the township board voted to have a federal review of potential national security risks associated with the Chinese-owned facility.

Chuck Thelen, vice president of Gotion Global, confirmed the email, but said the company was “moving forward with the Green Township property and still in discussion about the Big Rapids Township land.”

Stanek wouldn’t speculate on the reason for the change in plans, which was first reported by the Big Rapids Pioneer.

“They’re planning on just going into Green Township and doing that one first,” Stanek said. “Hopefully, after that, we’ve still got a chance yet.”

Gotion’s plans for the area already focused much of its development in Green Township. Under initial designs, Gotion’s footprint would include about 550 acres in Green Township and about 115 acres in Big Rapids Township in its Airport Industrial Park.

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