Georgia bids for huge new plant to manufacture electric trucks

Rivian has submitted requests for information to multiple states and is seeking at least 2,000

Rivian has submitted requests for information to multiple states and is seeking at least 2,000 acres for the facility, according to the news agency Reuters. The company may announce its decision in the next two months and construction could begin next year.

New auto factories are rare and among the most coveted economic development projects because they create thousands of jobs at the main factory and at nearby suppliers.

Rivian vehicles are not yet available to the public, and the company delayed by two months to September the delivery of its first products to customers due to supply chain problems.

The company has raised $10.5 billion from private investors since 2019, including a $2.5 billion investment announced last week. Investors in past fundraising rounds included Amazon, Ford Motor and Cox Automotive, a unit of Cox Enterprises, which also owns The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Rivian, Amazon and Cox declined to comment. Ford did not respond to a request for comment.

Rivian’s SUVs got a publicity boost this month when Amazon founder Jeff Bezos rode in one on the way to his Blue Origin spaceship launch in Texas. Rivian plans to make an electric van for Amazon.

Rivian’s new vehicle-manufacturing facility would include production of battery cells, according to Reuters.

About 3% of vehicles worldwide are powered by electricity, but that number is expected to rise to 60% by 2030, according to an estimate by Bloomberg. The shift is powered largely by environmental concerns and public- and private-sector commitments to reduce carbon emissions.

Georgia has attracted major investments from the EV sector. South Korea’s SK Innovation is building a $2.6 billion plant in Jackson County to make EV batteries for Volkswagen and Ford. Georgia is also a finalist for a second EV battery plant to be operated by a joint venture between SK and Ford, an SK executive said in May.

Other EV companies have also recently located here, including the Dutch company Heliox, which makes EV charging equipment, and Teklas, a Turkish maker of EV parts.

Apple had considered building its planned electric vehicle in partnership with Kia at its automotive factory in West Point, Georgia, but talks broke down in February.

Georgia announced in May a deal to acquire a nearly 2,300-acre site in Bryan County from private landowners for an undisclosed price. The site has direct interstate-highway and railroad access, and is within a 30-minute drive of the Port of Savannah.

The megasite — one of the largest remaining undeveloped industrial sites in Georgia — would meet many requirements of a large automotive plant, said Kevin Brown, an economic development attorney at Seyfarth Shaw in Atlanta.

It’s large enough for a manufacturing facility, a research-and-development laboratory, materials storage and offices, said Brown, who’s not involved in the state recruiting effort.

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Today, at 2pm on the steps of City Hall, I will be calling on Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis to charge the...

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Prior to the shooting, Hernandez-Ortiz loved to sing, he said, but his voice was damaged by the bullet that entered his face and lodged in his esophagus.","_id":"PVM3O4LRDBCTPL27VTQEBT54KU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1627421230460,"type":"text","content":"“I never thought something like this would happen in my life,” said Hernandez-Ortiz, who has a 10-year-old daughter. “I used to sing and now I won’t be able to anymore.”","_id":"JBKVMV6VSNEARBI4LS7XGDY3CY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1627421230461,"type":"text","content":"The 30-year-old appears to be doing better after months of recovery. 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It’s a thought that often keeps him awake at night as he wonders what, if anything, he could have done differently.","_id":"QPV7RIJMYVEPBDKDZJXLDSDEOU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1627421230466,"type":"text","content":"Lyon had a 9 mm handgun in his car that afternoon, which he retrieved after Long left the spa and police were on their way. Had he brought it inside with him initially, he believes he could have saved several lives.","_id":"45J3WWNXC5B5ZOMHLJXSOVE4YA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1627421230467,"type":"text","content":"“I wish I would have brought my gun,” he said. “Because (Long) wouldn’t be standing in there right now.”","_id":"WSDBLW27NJHMJDNNNRH32ILAOQ","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1627421230468,"type":"text","content":"In an impact statement during the hearing, Bonnie Michels said her husband Paul was a Detroit native who served in the U.S. Army, owned his own business, loved gardening and was an asset to his bowling team. She planned to grow old with him, following wherever he wanted to go, she said. 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She also said sheriff’s office investigators and members of the FBI looked into the possibility that Long’s shooting spree was motivated by anti-Asian bias, but said they found no evidence to suggest that’s what motivated the shootings.","_id":"D4AFQP7B4NFN3HHKCZLZB7Z3DE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1627421230480,"type":"text","content":"State Sen. 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Here’s a look at the Georgia residents arrested for their alleged roles in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, their ages and cities. None of the cases have been adjudicated yet.

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William McCall Calhoun, 57, Americus

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Kevin Douglas Creek, 46, Johns Creek

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Bruno Joseph Cua, 19, Milton

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Michael Shane Daughtry, 58, Newton

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Lisa Marie Eisenhart, 57, Woodstock

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Nolan Harold Kidd, 21, Crawford

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Jonathan Davis Laurens, 38, Duluth

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Savannah Danielle McDonald, 20, Elberton

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Grover Cleveland Meredith, 53, Hiawassee

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Verden Andrew Nalley, 49, Buford

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Glen Mitchell Simon, 30, Jefferson

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Benjamin Harry Torre, 22, Dawsonville

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Jack Wade Whitton, 30, Locust Grove

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Registered nurse Lisa Marie Eisenhart, also 57 from Woodstock, strode through the building with her son, a 30-year-old bartender from Nashville, who became known as the “zip-tie guy” when photos showed him carrying plastic handcuffs through the Senate.","_id":"34RRU3VFKJG55KKGXD65SNXBWA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1626983029770,"type":"text","content":"The group includes several business owners: Kevin Douglas Creek, 46, of Johns Creek, owner of a roofing business; fencing contractor Jack Wade Whitton, 30, of Locust Grove; and Glen Mitchell “Mitch” Simon, 30,, owner of a tree removal company.","owner":"sponsored":false,"id":"ajc","address":,"syndication":,"caption":"Kevin Douglas Creek, a roofing contractor from Alpharetta, was arrested June 9, 2021, and charged with participating in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Police body camera footage appears to show Creek attacking police defending the Capitol. 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Floridian Paul Allard Hodgkins, 38, pleaded guilty July 19 to one felony count related to his participation in the riot and received an 8-month prison sentence. In his plea, Hodgkins said he regretted his role in the unrest, calling it “a foolish decision on my part.”","_id":"ZFYMFFWSPNGK3O7B5E6CJP3HKY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1626802203867,"type":"text","content":"Last month, 54-year-old Oath Keeper Graydon Young, also of Florida, pleaded guilty to two felony counts and agreed to assist prosecutors in building their case against 15 other members of the far-right group accused of conspiracy and other felonies in the Capitol insurrection. He faces more than six years in prison, but prosecutors could recommend a lighter sentence if his cooperation proves valuable.","_id":"RLWXCCQOJVFRPG6Q6SR3RFUFHU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1626898122800,"type":"text","content":"Buddy Parker, a former federal prosecutor in the Northern District of Georgia, said the sentence handed down to Hodgkins — who was accused of entering the Capitol through an open door and parading in the Senate chamber — sets a minimum standard for felony convictions of accused insurrectionists. Defendants accused of planning the attack, fighting police or prying open doors can expect stiffer penalties, he said.","_id":"CJY7NMK2I5ESBDNXOM2C2TRRR4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1626898122801,"type":"text","content":"“I believe those individuals are going to face serious, serious sentences,” he said. “I mean, more than 10 years.”","owner":"sponsored":false,"id":"ajc","address":,"syndication":,"caption":"Jack Wade Whitton Jr. was the latest Georgian arrested in connection with the assault on the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6.","source":"system":"photo center","name":"AJC","edit_url":"https://ajc.arcpublishing.com/photo/KW2AWR2JZ5FSNMEABM5SFVL5IM","source_type":"staff","additional_properties":"editor":"photo center","taxonomy":"associated_tasks":[],"type":"image","distributor":"mode":"reference","reference_id":"8aec2b8c-455c-4816-903d-79fc8fdf8019","version":"0.10.3","url":"https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/KW2AWR2JZ5FSNMEABM5SFVL5IM.jpg","licensable":false,"credits":"affiliation":[],"by":["name":"FBI","type":"author","byline":"FBI"],"subtitle":"Jack Wade Whitton Jr.","width":1192,"_id":"KW2AWR2JZ5FSNMEABM5SFVL5IM","additional_properties":"fullSizeResizeUrl":"/resizer/ylpDjGeBscVsdG60eKdO6sqFzeo=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/KW2AWR2JZ5FSNMEABM5SFVL5IM.jpg","owner":"[email protected]","comments":[],"proxyUrl":"/resizer/ylpDjGeBscVsdG60eKdO6sqFzeo=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/KW2AWR2JZ5FSNMEABM5SFVL5IM.jpg","originalUrl":"https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/KW2AWR2JZ5FSNMEABM5SFVL5IM.jpg","published":true,"resizeUrl":"/resizer/ylpDjGeBscVsdG60eKdO6sqFzeo=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/KW2AWR2JZ5FSNMEABM5SFVL5IM.jpg","ingestionMethod":"manual","thumbnailResizeUrl":"/resizer/wuULXzKRaJP37aqyO5-WeQ_ZXoI=/300x0/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/KW2AWR2JZ5FSNMEABM5SFVL5IM.jpg","version":0,"originalName":"Jack Wade Whitton Jr..jpg","mime_type":"image/jpeg","restricted":false,"template_id":594,"galleries":[],"_id":"RRE2GYB775DSPAS32CQMWYGK2M","created_date":"2021-04-02T20:35:00Z","last_updated_date":"2021-04-02T20:35:00Z","height":1294,"image_type":"photograph","_id":"TELG7E7GMZG5RMNVPP3CMV3WCA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1626898122802,"type":"text","content":"Accused leaders of the insurrection, such as the handful of members of violent extremist groups, could face sentences that — given their ages — would effectively mean they could spend the rest of their lives in prison, he said. Parker said he does not think such defendants can anticipate undue mercy from the court.","_id":"IQO7XUY3BBCVXMFT3PJZXHJWA4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1626898122803,"type":"text","content":"“It’s an assault on the nation,” he said. “I don’t think there is a United States federal judge who wouldn’t take that into account.”","_id":"HYZDMI7M65BC7PAIRKKB6Q27XY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1627091213255,"type":"text","content":"Most Ga. cases await resolution","_id":"IR3YANRU7JCYTDQKDKXBB6V4EA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1626898122804,"type":"text","content":"At the same time, judges and prosecutors have to deal with hundreds of defendants who did not strike at police and were not part of a larger conspiracy. They will want to encourage those defendants to plead guilty rather than clog the courts.","_id":"EYRJSBHWFFGYPO2ACWDJSAO2MA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1626898122805,"type":"text","content":"“You want to make it clear to others in the same situation that their lives won’t be destroyed by a guilty plea,” he said. “You have to whittle down these non-violent offenders and move them through.”","_id":"ZOQQOYSCANBQLLQFQUQSTPMTCM","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1627052653826,"type":"text","content":"None of the cases involving Georgia defendants have reached the stage where a plea deal is on the table. That could change soon.","_id":"PHORH74ESJECTNH7S2UHOQMTEE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1626898122806,"type":"text","content":"In the final analysis, these aren’t complex cases, Parker said. 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