When a former automotive interiors factory was repurposed to manufacture lithium-ion batteries in this city of tulips and Dutch wooden shoes, the transformation was felt around the world.

Now, the plant owned by Milwaukee-based Clarios International Inc. ships battery cells to Hanover, Germany, and Shanghai, China, where they’re assembled with electronics and software into battery packs used by global automakers.

Holland, a city of 33,000 residents on Lake Michigan, also has an LG Energy Solution factory that makes high-voltage batteries for electric vehicles. South Korea-based LG recently announced a $1.7 billion expansion at the plant that’s expected to create 1,200 additional jobs and boost western Michigan’s reputation as a battery technology hub.

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