CONNERSVILLE, Ind. (WISH) - Carbon Motors has chosen the southeastern Indiana city ofConnersville as the site for its proposed auto manufacturingplant.
The news was highly anticipated and created more excitement thanthe economically depressed community has seen in years.
The automakers Chief Executive Officer William Santana Li madethe official announcement during a jobs rally in the city onWednesday.
“If the White House is listening, Mr. President there is afew thousand people here in Connersville Indiana that just declaredthe official turn around of the United States of America,”said Li.
Fayette County, where Connersville is located, has anunemployment rate near 16%. The new auto plant will bring some 1500jobs to the city and perhaps thousands of jobs more in relatedbusiness.
Wednesday morning, thousands gathered at the American Jobs Rallyheld at the former Visteon plant in Connersville. It will be thenew home of CarbonMotors. But, before the company can open up shop it has toresolve issues over buying the Visteon plant, as well as,environmental concerns in the building.
“You call them glitches. I call them opportunities.It’s time we all walked the talk and started cleaning up theenvironment. And that starts with buildings like this," saidLi.
The federal government required Carbon Motors to name itsproposed location before the company could apply for federalfunding.
“I really think that’s the big question. Everythingthat I know and sense tells me they have a winning, superiorapplication. We’re going to support it as strongly as wecan," said Governor Mitch Daniels.
Carbon Motors will produce the E-7, state of the art policevehicle ( Clickhere for frequently asked questions about Carbon Motors).
“It means a lot to the city. We’ve had unemploymentgo up and up for the last several months and always at the top ofthe list, and that’s not where we want to be number one rightnow. We want to be number one for Carbon Motors. And I think theymade a good choice in picking Connersville," said NancyJurmanovich, a resident of Connersville.
Carbon Motors is a start-up company based in Atlanta. Itsleadership used to work for Ford. The company hopes to startproduction in Connersville in 2012.
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