CONCORD, N.C. (AP) -- A Charlotte-based maker of parts for lithium batteries plans to expand in North Carolina as it gears up production for the electric vehicle market.
Celgard LLC said Wednesday it plans to add about 80 jobs to the 390 workers at its Charlotte campus. The company also plans a plant in Concord that will employ about 210 people by 2015.
The company plans to invest about $90 million over the next five years.
Celgard's North Carolina expansion plans have enjoyed a big boost from state and local taxpayers.
The company was selected last summer for $49 million in federal funds aimed at stimulating the next generation of electric-powered vehicles. The company could collect a state grant of up to $4.6 million if it creates the promised jobs and keeps them for 11 years.