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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Electric Car Maker planning new plant on the West Plains

Another potentially huge employer is coming to the West Plains! Brea,CA based Mullen Technologies, Inc. has signed a letter of intent with the West Plains - Airport Area Public Development Authority to develop a massive new plant near Airway Heights.

Mullen Technologies, Inc. intends to use the new Spokane facility to manufacture their Qiantu K50 super-EV electric sports car. The company will ramp up employment in phases, but they hope to employ about 860 people locally by 2026. While 2026 is a few years away however, Mullen is working the PDA already to locate a 100,000 +/- square foot facility to begin production on the West Plains as early as this year. Initially they will employ 55.

That facility will be temporary however, as Mullen will lease a huge new building from the West Plains - Airport Area PDA. No exact address was given but it is explained as about 1 mile SW of the new Exotic Metals Forming,Inc. plant on McFarlane Rd. This would actually place the new facility relatively close to the currently under construction Amazon Fulfillment Center.

The new facility for Mullen Technologies,Inc. will be built in 2 phases, phase one would be 500,000 square feet and complete by about this time in 2021. A second phase of 800,000 square feet would follow and likely house the company's next gen lithium battery research and development, which may mean even more new jobs.

The Qiantu K50, which the company will make here was introduced just last week at the New York International Auto Show. The sleek all electric sports car will have an expected $125,000 median price, a look at the car itself can be found at http://www.motortrend.com/news/2020-qiantu-k50-by-mullen-california-built-bargain-ev-supercar/ ( although the article says the car will be built in California, which is no longer accurate)

This is a developing story which we continue to watch...