Panasonic Chooses KC Region for $4B Electric Battery Factory
Panasonic Energy of North America said Wednesday it plans to build an electric vehicle (EV) battery facility in the Kansas City region and has identified a site in De Soto, KS, formerly the Sunflower Ammunition plant. With a projected investment of $4 billion, the project would be the largest economic development project in Kansas history and one of the largest EV battery manufacturing facilities of its kind in the U.S.
“Winning this project has shown that Kansas has what it takes to compete on a global scale — and that our pro-business climate is driving the technological innovation needed to achieve a more prosperous and sustainable future,” said Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly.
Panasonic Energy selected Kansas due to its business-friendly climate, robust talent pool and workforce skillset, support for technology innovation, strong transportation infrastructure, and central location, Kelly’s office said. This builds on Kansas City’s legacy manufacturing and automotive industry strengths.
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Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com 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).