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Lucid Motors Brings Electric Car Manufacturing To AZ

30 Nov 2016 by BizDESIGN in BizNEWS

 

Governor Doug Ducey and Lucid Motors today announced the company has selected Casa Grande for its electric car manufacturing operation. The facility will bring over 2,000 projected new jobs and more than $700 million in capital investment to the region by 2022.

“Lucid Motors’ expansion into Casa Grande is the latest evidence that Arizona leads the nation in attracting innovative technology companies to our state,” Governor Ducey said. “This project will create thousands of new direct jobs, support many more indirect jobs, and attract new suppliers to the Casa Grande region. I thank Lucid Motors for its commitment to Arizona, as well as Sonora’s Governor Claudia Pavlovich, Senator McCain, Senator Flake, the Arizona Commerce Authority, Pinal County, and the City of Casa Grande for the hard work and collaboration that helped make this happen.”

Following an extensive search across 13 states and 60 sites, Lucid Motors selected Arizona based on numerous positive factors including business climate, infrastructure, talent, geographic location, and the automotive supply chain in the Arizona-Sonora Megaregion.

“Lucid Motors’ announcement today is a testament to what can happen when entrepreneurs and elected officials come together to create new and exciting economic opportunities,” said Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich. “This major investment will generate a steady stream of career opportunities and capital for the Arizona-Sonora Megaregion—a perfect example of the relationship that Governor Ducey and I have envisioned for our two states. I want to thank everyone on our team who worked for months to make this vision a lasting and fruitful reality.”

“The support and engagement from state leadership and the business community in Arizona throughout this process has been incredible,” said Brian Barron, Lucid Motor’s Director of Global Manufacturing. “Arizona’s pro-business environment, readiness of the site, and available talent will allow us to get up and running quickly. We’re very excited to be bringing new jobs and our innovative technology to Casa Grande.”

Development of the site is slated to begin in the second quarter of 2017 as Lucid completes its site planning and permitting processes. Hiring is also expected to begin during 2017. The company will work closely with the state to prepare veterans for jobs and intends to hire a large contingent of veterans into its workforce. Cars are expected to be in production in the factory towards the end of 2018.

“Lucid Motors is building the luxury automobile of the future, and we have an opportunity to become the global leader in automotive technology,” said Peter Rawlinson, Lucid Motors’ Chief Technology Officer. “We are confident Arizona is the ideal location to advance our innovations and will continue to provide an excellent platform for our success.”

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Joe Snell – President and CEO, Sun Corridor Inc.

We were proud to support this project with a detailed workforce and economic analysis – representing a $1.7 billion economic impact to Arizona.  This is Arizona’s first auto manufacturing operation, and represents the hard work of many in the binational region of Arizona and Sonora, who will play a major role in Mexican supply chain opportunities for the new facility.

This project, coming on the heels of Raytheon’s 2,000 job expansion and the Caterpillar Surface Mining & Technology announcement, is evidence that Arizona is aggressive and playing to win.

 

United States Senator John McCain

“The new Lucid Motors facility will create of thousands of new manufacturing and technology jobs for hardworking Arizonans, generate significant capital investment and enhance wage growth in the Casa Grande community,” said Senator John McCain (R-AZ). “I applaud Governor Doug Ducey and his team for their efforts to bring this innovative company to our state.”

 

United States Senator Jeff Flake

“Lucid Motors’ decision to bring its manufacturing operation to Casa Grande is excellent news for the region and Arizona’s economy,” said U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ). “I thank Lucid Motors for their confidence in our state, and applaud the company’s emphasis on training and hiring veterans.”

 

Arizona Commerce Authority – President & CEO Sandra Watson

“Following a lengthy competitive process, Arizona has once again demonstrated that our value proposition resonates strongly with modern technology businesses searching for a location to scale and succeed,” said Sandra Watson, Arizona Commerce Authority President and CEO. “The decision by Lucid Motors to locate in Arizona will enhance our growing reputation as a premier location for automotive technology. I thank Lucid Motors for their selection of Arizona, and thank Governor Ducey for his leadership as well as Senator McCain, Senator Flake, Pinal County, and the City of Casa Grande for participating in the collective effort to land this project in Arizona.”

 

City of Casa Grande – Mayor Bob Jackson

“Over the past five years, Casa Grande has worked diligently to attract companies that will serve as economic drivers for our entire region, and Lucid Motors is a huge win for us” said Casa Grande Mayor Bob Jackson. “This strategic investment by Lucid Motors continues to demonstrate the many attributes that define Casa Grande as a promising area for long-term growth and success in economic development.”

 

Pinal County Board of Supervisors – Chairman Todd House

“Lucid Motors’ selection of Casa Grande is the latest in a string of exciting economic development wins this year in Pinal County,” said Pinal County Board of Supervisors Chairman Todd House. “On behalf of the entire Board of Supervisors and Pinal County executive staff and employees, I am thrilled to welcome to Lucid Motors to Arizona. We look forward to continuing to work together to help create a prosperous future for both the company and our county.”

 

About Lucid Motors
Lucid Motors is a luxury mobility company that is reimagining what a car can be. The company is applying innovative engineering, design and technology to define a new class of premium electric vehicle. Headquartered in Menlo Park, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley, the Lucid team brings deep expertise from the automotive and technology industries. Learn more at lucidmotors.com.

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