Kokomo Adds Another First to Its List of Firsts

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The City of Firsts will soon add another first to its list: Kokomo is home to Indiana’s first North American electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant, a joint venture between Stellantis N.V. and Samsung SDI. The multimillion-square-foot facility will create 1,400 jobs.

Stellantis NV and Samsung SDI plan to build a second U.S. electric car battery factory under the existing StarPlus Energy joint venture in 2027. They didn’t disclose the location. The new facility will have an initial annual production capacity of 34 gigawatt hours, up from the 23 GWh of the first plant, scheduled to open this year.

The city of Kokomo is ready to welcome the company, and IU Bloomington will provide resources through its Institute for Korean Studies. Kim said the university will teach Korean language and culture to employees at Star Plus Energy, as well as work with the company to educate locals on everyday Korean culture. She said she hopes the effort will help workers adjust to life in Howard County. It will also allow Kokomo to become a leader in the world of electric vehicles. Star Plus Energy