Panasonic battery factory in Kansas

Japan’s Panasonic Energy Co. Ltd., a battery supplier for Tesla Inc., plans to build a $4 billion EV battery plant in Kansas — a project that represents the largest economic development project in the state’s history and is expected to result in 4,000 direct jobs.

Gov. Laura Kelly (D) made the announcement yesterday at a joint news conference with Panasonic executives and other state officials.

“This project will be transformative for our state’s economy, providing in total 8,000 high-quality jobs that will help more Kansans create better lives for themselves and their children,” Kelly said. “We will be the production epicenter for batteries that will power the increasing demand for EVs in a more sustainable world.”…

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