CHARLESTON, WV (LOOTPRESS) – Governor Jim Justice announced Wednesday that GreenPower Motor Company will be opening a 9.5-acre manufacturing facility in South Charleston, bringing hundreds of new jobs and millions of dollars in economic impact to West Virginia.
Zero-emission, all-electric school busses will be produced in the 80,000 square-foot building. According to Governor Justice, the facility will bring up to 200 jobs to the state when manufacturing begins later this year with the potential to create as many as 900 jobs once the facility reaches full power.
GreenPower will partner with West Virginia’s Workforce Development Board and BridgeValley Community & Technical College for employee recruitment and training.
“BridgeValley’s mission centers on preparing a skilled workforce to meet community needs,” said Laura McCullough, Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development Division, BVCTC. “The College will work closely with the Workforce Development Board of Kanawha County to screen, refer, and train employees for Green Power Motor company.”
According to GreenPower, the total economic impact could reach nearly $500 million per year when full production is reached in 24 months.
McCullough said she is pleased to work with a Fortune 500 company that will transform the manufacturing sector in the region with clean energy vehicles and bring West Virginia to the forefront of technical innovation.