The plant employs 2,500 people—plus another 500 in a pool of temporary production workers whose numbers fluctuate depending on the company’s needs—and pays millions in taxes annually to state and local government.
Much of the research at the hub—located at Purdue's Research Park—will be done in partnership with government agencies, including the Indiana Department of Transportation, and private-sector companies.
British carmaker Keating Supercars plans to produce the latest generation of its car, the Viperia Berus, on the West Lafayette campus. The car can travel more than 240 mph and is anticipated to sell for $180,000 to $250,000.
The Trump administration on Wednesday launched an investigation into whether tariffs are needed on the imports of automobiles into the United States, moving swiftly as talks over the North American Free Trade Agreement have stalled.