A123 Systems Plans To Hire 400 In Livonia
From Justin Walsh at Crain’s Detroit Business:
Despite a nearly $67 million recall automotive battery campaign and widely reported funding challenges, A123 Systems Inc. plans to hire 400 at its Southeast Michigan plants by November.
Jason Forcier, vice president of A123’s automotive solutions group, said the lithium-ion battery maker plans to hire 100 employees a month over the next four months at its Livonia and Romulus plants, thanks to increases in its power-grid and commercial transportation businesses.
At its peak last year, A123 employed 1,020 in Southeast Michigan. That’s now down to 781 employees.
A123 supplies lithium-ion batteries out of its Livonia plant to Southern California Edison, Maui Electric Co., Spain’s Red Eléctrica Corporación SA and more. Its commercial transportation customers include FedEx Corp.
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