Big Projects Changing the Skyline in Lordstown

LORDSTOWN, Ohio – From Lordstown Motors Corp.’s plant, three different construction sites can be seen rising around it, changing the skyline in an area that for decades was dominated by the former General Motors plant. 

Construction is taking shape at the TJX Homegoods Distribution Center, Ultium Cells LLC and Old Dominion Freight Line. (See slideshow below of all the construction projects.)

The 1.2 million-square-foot TJX site, catty corner from the Bailey Road-Interstate 80 interchange and Lordstown Motors, is nearest to completion, with crews putting the final touches on the exterior of the building and adding a pathway and parking for trucks on the building’s southern side.

The $170 million project is expected to employ more than 1,000 once it’s fully operational.

Meanwhile, on sites just east of Lordstown Motors, the Ultium Cells battery plant and Old Dominion warehouse are advancing along state Route 45. Work is farther along on the smaller Old Dominion project.

In June, Nick Coggins, economic development coordinator of the Trumbull Counting Planning Commission, said Old Dominion’s 30,422-square-foot building was projected to be finished by February 2021.

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Work on the Ultium Cells battery plant is underway.

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Work on the Ultium Cells battery plant is underway.

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Old Dominion's new warehouse is expected to be finished by February.

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Old Dominion's new warehouse is expected to be finished by February.

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The TJX Companies' distribution center in Lordstown is nearing the end of exterior work.

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The TJX Companies' distribution center in Lordstown is nearing the end of exterior work.

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The TJX Companies' distribution center in Lordstown is nearing the end of exterior work.

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Coggins said most of the contracts for the project wouldn’t be completed until the site is mostly constructed. The exterior walls are already up as work continues on the outside.

The $2.3 billion site for the General Motors-LG Chem battery manufacturer is a significantly larger project, estimated around 158 acres.

Machinery and mounds of dirt can be seen while driving on State Route 45. The crews are still working on the structure of the complex; the skeleton started being erected in late July.

In September, Ultium pant manager Tom Gallagher said the project was on track. He said the goal is to have equipment installed by the third quarter of 2021. Hiring for jobs at the plant began in early November.

Pictured: Work on the skeleton of the Ultium Cells battery plant in Lordstown on Nov. 20.

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