Rivian Automotive in talks to purchase Normal Mitsubishi plant

Rivian Automotive in talks to purchase Normal Mitsubishi plant

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NORMAL, Ill. -- An automotive companyis in talks to purchase the former Mitsubishi plant in Normal.

Rivian Automotive said up to 1,000 jobs will be created at the 2.4 million square foot building when they are up to full production levels in 2024. The company specializes in electric vehicle manufacturing.

The company currently has plants in the Detroit and San Francisco Bay areas. They said if the deal closes, they would bring a full vehicle production factory to Normal.

“Since Mitsubishi’s exit from the area last year, it’s been an all-hands-on-deck effort to redeploy the plant and create good-paying jobs,” said Chris Koos, Mayor of Normal in a statement sent out by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

The Mitsubishi plant closed in 2015 after the Japanese automaker decided to shift their focus to growing Asian markets.

Rivian said they will hold public meetings with various government bodies through the end of the year.

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