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Canadian Firm Chooses Joliet for Largest Electric-Vehicle Plant in U.S.

Lion Electric Company, a Canada-based manufacturer of all-electric medium and heavy-duty urban vehicles, said Friday it will build a 900,000-square-foot facility in Joliet, IL, its first-ever U.S. manufacturing facility and the largest plant of its kind in the country. The company will spend at least $70 million to build a new facility dedicated to producing medium and heavy-duty electric vehicles (EVs) in the U.S.

The facility is expected to come on line in the second half of 2022. Lion is targeting annual production capacity of 20,000 zero-emission EVs a year, and creating at least 745 jobs in the region. 
“Lion’s historic investment to bring its largest production facility to Illinois represents not only a win for our communities, but a strong step forward in our work to expand clean energy alternatives and the jobs they bring to our communities,” Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker said Friday. 


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About Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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