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Rivian assessing equipment in former Mitsibushi plant

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Hundreds of manufacturing jobs will return again to the former Mitsubishi plant in Normal.  Rivian Automotive company is prepping the huge facility for production of its electric vehicle.   

One thousand manufacturing jobs will return to the former Mitsubishi plant when Rivian Automotive begins production of it's electric vehicle.  Tuesday Governor Rauner got a tour of the facility.

"In the future the goal is to create hundreds of new jobs one-thousand new jobs within Rivian here," Rauner said. 

Rivian C.E.O. RJ Scaringe told a group that gathered inside the plant that the town's vision was on target for the company," 

"We initially were looking at this facility not necessarily to purchase the whole thing.  We actually came here and were originally looking at it from the point of view of some of the assets.  What we immediately started to see was this was much more than just a plant," he said.

Production is more than a year and a half away but officials say right now the focus is making the plant operational.

Scaringe says they are analyzing equipment now to see if it's useable.  Once the plant is revamped then hiring will start in about a year.  Rivian hopes to roll out its first electric vehicle in 2019.

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