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Nikola Corporation recently broke ground on a 1-million-square-foot manufacturing facility in Coolidge, Arizona, that is expected to create more than 1,800 jobs to the area.

The “future 4.0 designed facility” will integrate the latest and greatest that manufacturing technology has to offer, according to the company, which predicts it will build 35,000 trucks annually by running two shifts once the plant is completed.

“The residents of Coolidge will be a huge part of the Nikola story and without the help of Governor Ducey and the Arizona economic development teams, this project would not have been possible in Arizona,” said Trevor Milton, Nikola founder and executive chairman. “These next 12-months will be even more exciting as we see this facility go up and as we add more Arizonans to the Nikola team.”

The first phase of the build has plans to be completed by late 2021, with the second phase completed within the following 12-18 months. The facility will initially produce the Nikola Tre and Nikola Two. While the first Nikola Tre trucks will be produced in Ulm, Germany, with partner IVECO, production will then shift to the Coolidge facility.

“The reason our company exists is in support of a sustainable future so everything we do in our manufacturing process and our building site will be done to ensure the smallest environmental footprint possible while making the highest quality, high tech products that will impact the sustainability of the planet,” said Mark Duchesne, Nikola global head of manufacturing.

After searching the country for the site of its new factory, Nikola chose Coolidge for its industrial infrastructure and the support of the state, county, and city, as well as the ability to harness the year-round solar power.

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