A Michigan battery plant was built with a $150 million federal stimulus grant, but no work was ever actually done there. A government report said that the workers played games and watched movies while their wages were paid for by U.S. taxpayers, but the plant never actually opened up for productive work.
A South Korea-based company planned to use the factory to make batteries for the Chevy Volt cars, but instead they’re making the batteries at another plant in South Korea. They’ve paid back $842,000 in wages that were improperly billed to the government, but they have no plans to start production at the plant or to return the grant.
The report blamed company execs and federal officials who failed to make the grant conditional on the company actually starting production at the plant.