Honda meeting set for today

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The public is invited tonight to a special Jefferson Township Trustees meeting on the establishment of Honda’s $3.5 billion joint venture electric vehicle battery plant in Fayette County.

According to a public notice, the meeting is “for the purpose of approving documents and resolutions approving various agreements” between Jefferson Township and Honda Inc. and receive documents between Jefferson Township and the City of Washington Court House.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Jefferson Township offices, 28 S. Main St. in Jeffersonville.

Honda and LG Energy Solution recently confirmed that their combined investments of at least $4.2 billion will create a total of 2,527 new jobs in Ohio between the establishment of a new electric vehicle battery plant at the Mid-West Mega Commerce Center — east off Interstate 71 and near U.S. Route 35, near Jeffersonville — and converting existing Honda plants in Union, Logan, and Shelby counties to produce electric vehicles. The factory to be built in Jefferson Township will create 2,200 jobs, officials say.

Fayette County’s megasite offers more than 1,500 acres and is billed as the state’s “largest certified job-ready site.”

Local officials call this a transformational economic development for Fayette County and surrounding areas.

Construction of the Fayette County battery plant is expected to begin in early 2023, with the goal of beginning mass production of advanced lithium-ion battery modules by 2025.

“We have had a major record of success in locating our facilities and communities for our operations over the past 40 years and we expect this success to continue with the LG Energy Solution joint venture in Fayette County. There are a number of things we were looking for,” Bob Nelson, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., recently told the Record-Herald. “Obviously we needed a large plot of land that could meet our needs and that had access to key transportation routes and resources. One of the key resources that is essential is that we have the right workforce. We believe we can get a good diverse workforce in the area, including Columbus, Dayton and southern Ohio. All of these factors were critical to determining where we were. We believe we have a strong position that will be able to attract quality staff.”

Audience invited to Jefferson Twp. Collect trustees

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