Former Visteon plant lined up for Carbon Motors

December 14, 2009

Atlanta-based Carbon Motors is a step closer to producing its high-tech police cars in Connersville after a bankruptcy judge authorized auto-parts maker Visteon Corp. to sell a plant it closed there to the city for $500.
In return, the city agreed to rid the property of environmental contaminants at an estimated cost of $4 million.

Michigan-based Visteon, which filed for bankruptcy reorganization in May, vacated the 1.8-million-square-foot factory in late 2007.

The city plans to flip the plant to Carbon Motors for a low price or at no cost.

If all the pieces fall into place, the start-up could employ 1,550 people at the plant in three years. Connersville is counting on Carbon Motors to help pull Fayette County’s unemployment rate out of double digits.

The company announced in July its intentions to move to Connersville, even though it hadn’t struck a deal with the Indiana Economic Development Corp.

Carbon Motors has said it has lined up $100 million in private financing. The company in August also filed for a $310 million federal loan  to help it begin producing its E7 police cruiser.

The federal program provides loans to automobile and parts manufacturers for the cost of re-equipping, expanding or establishing U.S. manufacturing facilities to produce advanced-technology vehicles or qualified components.

The Carbon E7 runs on clean diesel and biodiesel technology. The company said it has orders for 10,000 cars but has yet to begin producing any vehicles.



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