Joliet, IL

Governor Pritzker Celebrates Opening of New Factory In Illinois

Matt Lillywhite

Governor JB Pritzker recently celebrated the opening of a new factory in Joliet, Illinois...
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Illinois Governor JB Pritzker recently celebrated the opening of Lion Electric's newest electric vehicle manufacturing facility in Joliet. The 900,000-square-foot facility is reportedly the largest all-electric plant in the United States dedicated to medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicle production.

"My administration has made investing in the EV sector a priority, because we know that the future of Illinois relies on dependable clean energy jobs as we transition to a carbon-free future," said Governor JB Pritzker. "Companies like Lion have recognized the many resources Illinois provides, including our uniquely talented workforce, and together we have set the state on a path to thousands more jobs and increased EV capacity."

"Lion Electric is an extraordinary partner and represents more than the new jobs and investment they are bringing to Will County and to Illinois," said Doug Pryor, President and CEO of the Will County Center for Economic Development. "As a leading OEM manufacturer of all-electric buses and trucks, Lion represents an important step forward, continuing Joliet and Chicagoland's proud manufacturing tradition by supporting a growing EV and clean energy cluster."

"Thank you to Lion Electric for your strong investment in Will County and Joliet," said Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant. "This facility brings hundreds of high-quality jobs to our community and helps solidify Will County's role as a national clean energy leader."

"As someone who understands transportation and automotive needs, I truly appreciate the technology Lion is instituting to improve the environment and the future for all of us," said Joliet Mayor Terry D'Arcy. "This Joliet facility will bring roughly 1400 jobs in the future to Joliet and Will County."

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