Ultium Employees Lend a Hand to Beautify Lordstown

LORDSTOWN, Ohio – The Ultium Cells battery plant may be under construction, but that didn’t stop the company from finding ways to help the community.

On Wednesday, workers from Ultium Cells gathered at the Lordstown Street and Water Department to assist with beautifying the village. Thirteen employees planted mulch, painted the “Welcome to Lordstown” signs and did some tidying up around town.

“We had a team that just joined Ultium,” plant director Tom Gallagher said. “We’ve had a bit of an opportunity to learn about the business, battery cell manufacturing and culture. Part of our culture is we want to be inclusive and engage with the community.”

One of those employees is Sydney Negro, a launch team manufacturing engineer at Ultium Cells and a graduate of Lordstown High School. She said the volunteering was a way for the new Ultium employees to get to know each other.

Employees from Ultium Cells unload new mulch in front of the Lordstown Administration Center.

“It’s nice since most of these people we never met until we started last week,” Negro said. “There’s different fields of engineering and we’re all coming together to work together.”

Gallagher said there the company has been in contact with other community groups and agencies to find more ways to give back to Trumbull County.

“Where there’s need, we want to be a part of that solution. So we’re looking forward to bridging and building those partnerships,” the plant manager said. “It’s good to start right in your backyard, which is Lordstown. We’re really pleased to be here.”

Pictured: Lordstown street commissioner Ron Hickox (left) and Ultium Cells plant director Tom Gallagher (right) stand with employees of Ultium Cells before they prepare for beautification projects throughout Lordstown.

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