Global Green Cars Inc. has announced plans to build an electric vehicle production facility in Whitley County that could ultimately create up to 550 new jobs.
The company is in the process of transitioning personnel and operations from Idaho to Williamsburg, where initial production will take place in the former Lion Apparel facility. A new 160,000-s.f. plant and industrial park are expected to be built within approximately two years.
Upon completion of the new building, assembly lines and logistical peripheral structures, the Williamsburg operation will be capable of producing up to 30,000 electric cars and trucks per year.
The production of first-stage vehicles will begin next year and will scale up to mass production by 2011. The plant will produce an electric car, a sports-utility vehicle and an electric pick-up truck, which the company says will be the only one of its kind on the market.
According to a report in The (Williamsburg) News Journal, the company will operate three shifts and will initially employ about 28 people on the first shift and slightly fewer on the second and third shifts.
The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority has approved a $15.5 million financial incentive package for the company.