Carbon Motors picks Indiana site for plant

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 12:45 PM
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CONNERSVILLE, Ind. - A startup company that plans to build high-tech police cars has picked a vacant auto-parts plant in eastern Indiana over a site in Graniteville for its first factory.

The announcement Wednesday by the chairman of Atlanta-based Carbon Motors Corp. drew cheers from the large crowd gathered inside the former Visteon plant in Connersville.

The company says it intends to invest $350 million in the plant and potentially hire 1,550 workers.

Carbon Motors' decision had been eagerly awaited among Connersville residents as the company considered sites in several states, including Georgia and South Carolina.

The Connersville area had a 15.9 percent unemployment rate in June. Michigan-based Visteon stopped production in 2007 at its factory, which once employed more than 3,000 people.

The company selected a site at a Graniteville industrial park in Aiken County as one of the finalists for the assembly plant. The plant was expected to hire as many as 1,500 people and indirectly bring about 10,000 jobs to the area.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/29/09 - 01:55 pm
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Maybe it's for the best. We

Maybe it's for the best. We might have had to buy carbon offsets or something with a company name like that.

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RedQuinoa 07/29/09 - 02:29 pm
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Looking at that unemployment

Looking at that unemployment rate in Indiana, there's nothing here really for SC to complain about. I'm sure the competition was very close, and nothing to G-ville's shame - disappointment, no doubt; but they gave it their best presentation.

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lifelongresidient 07/29/09 - 03:10 pm
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congrats to aiken county,

congrats to aiken county, although you were not chosen it is still a positive reflection on how your city is being run and managed, just to make it to the final selection process. here in augusta someone must ask or question who or what or question what is going on when the 2nd largest city in georgia with sufficient industrial capacity CAN'T EVEN BE CONSIDERED IN THE FIRST PLACE?!?!?!?!?!, but i guess the governing authority believes their idea of growth is more residential homes, a canal down the middle of town, a trolley system or a baseball stadium in a section of town that in order to get to you must drive thru what looks like a war zone filled with crime, run down homes litter or abandoned and falling down buildings. this is just a reflection of the backward thinking individual who call themselves commissioners of augusta, ga.

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pizzato 07/29/09 - 03:41 pm
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Sanford shot this deal down

Sanford shot this deal down by not letting them contact him while he was away in Argentina. Like this from the channel six website:
He turned down a dinner invitation from a South Carolina company that’s considering expanding its plant here. Before releasing it, along with hundreds of other emails, the governor’s staff blacked out the name of the company, its location, how much it’s considering investing in an expansion and how many jobs that might create.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 07/29/09 - 06:49 pm
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good luck with those labor

good luck with those labor unions up there.

ColCo
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ColCo 07/29/09 - 07:29 pm
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Sonny lets another one slip

Sonny lets another one slip away.

humbleopinion
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humbleopinion 07/29/09 - 09:35 pm
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Indiana has had the inside

Indiana has had the inside track on this plant since the inception of the company. One of their board members is Lee Hamilton, a longtime Representative from Indiana.

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HillGuy 07/29/09 - 10:07 pm
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come on people do you

come on people do you actually believe that Aiken was ever under serious consideration for this plant?

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Riverman1 07/29/09 - 11:13 pm
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Heck...now HillGuy is going

Heck...now HillGuy is going to start on Aiken.

HillGuy
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HillGuy 07/29/09 - 11:30 pm
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Aiken was never under serious

Aiken was never under serious consideration, it was simply an ad on that they simply took a look at.

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