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BMW Creates 80 Green Jobs at New Sustainable Plant
|BMW and SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers open a new hydro-powered factory in Moses Lake, WA, to produce light-weighty bodywork for BMW's new electric and hybrid i-series models.|
In line with BMW and SGL's leading roles in sustainable business operations, the decision to build the carbon fiber plant in Moses Lake was based primarily on the availability of clean, renewable hydropower and competitive energy costs in the state of Washington.
The $100m facility is creating 80 new local jobs as preparations are made for large-scale production of the i-series in 2013. Components from the Moses Lake plant will be assembled into full vehicles in Germany.
The entire supply chain - ecological, social and economic - has been aligned. The manufacture as well as processing of the carbon fibers and carbon fiber composites will be achieved with careful consideration for environmental resources and processes have already been developed to recycle carbon fibers and downstream composite materials.
The first vehicle to use the carbon fibers manufactured in Moses Lake will be the BMW i3, an all-electric car designed to meet the mobility needs of drivers in highly populated urban areas throughout the world.
Driven purely by electric power to meet the demands of sustainable and emission-free mobility, the BMW i3 embodies an intelligent form of urban transportation and commuting.
"About a month ago we presented the first concept cars being launched under our new sub-brand, BMW i. The BMW i3 and the BMW i8 are cars like no other. With their purpose built design they will set new standards for clean individual mobility of the future." Said Dr. Norbert Reithofer, CEO and Chairman of BMW AG.
"What a great day for Moses Lake and the entire state of Washington. We worked incredibly hard to bring this partnership to Washington State, and I couldn't be happier to join in the grand-opening celebration. Not only does this partnership create much needed, good-paying jobs, it opens up new possibilities and solidifies our state's position as the leading innovator in the green-energy market place." Said Christine Gregoire, Governor, State of Washington.