Orange EV announced Thursday it will soon establish its new corporate headquarters and manufacturing operations in the Turner Logistics Center, an industrial park under construction by Kansas City-based NorthPoint Development in Kansas City, Kan.
Orange EV expects to move in mid-2023, giving the company access to over 400,000 sq.-ft. of space. The new facility will provide the company with the production and office space necessary to accommodate its rapid growth and is being designed to produce as many as 1,800 terminal trucks per year in single-shift operations, Orange EV says.
"With this additional capacity, we will be able to ramp up our capacity to deliver on our mission to impact global warming by replacing the dirtiest on-road vehicle with a zero-emission vehicle while also providing overwhelming savings and improved operations for our customers", says Kurt Neutgens, co-founder and president, Orange EV.
The announcement is a big win for Kansas, says Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland
"Locating another EV manufacturer to Kansas delivers a charge to this developing sector. Orange EV is the kind of industry leader our state will continue recruiting as Kansas becomes the epicenter of sustainable transportation," he says.
Orange EV says a key consideration in selecting the Turner facility was its centralized location, which will enable good access for its current employees and will attract future talent across the greater Kansas City metro area. Orange EV presently employs more than 200 team members predominantly in Kansas City, including leadership, engineering, service, and support. Orange EV also is presently looking for assemblers, warehouse employees, engineers, and many additional team members to further fuel the company's exponential growth.
"Our new site enables us to continue to extend our market leadership in EV terminal trucks and begin development of new products and services for the electric truck industry," says Wayne Mathisen, co-founder and CEO, Orange EV. "Our growth and success are a tribute to the efforts and expertise of our employees. Orange EV appreciates the collaboration of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, the Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities for their engagement in supporting Orange EV's growth in Kansas."
He adds, "This new facility emphasizes Orange EV's continued commitment to the greater Kansas City metro. Having been founded in Riverside, Mo., in 2012, we will remain forever grateful for the support we've received from the City of Riverside and the State of Missouri even as we embark on the next exciting chapter in Kansas City, Kan."
"We are excited that Orange EV has chosen Wyandotte County as their new home. It is our hope that their environmentally sustainable opportunities will grow our workforce development and economic inclusion goals for many years to come," adds Kansas City, Kan., Mayor Tyrone Garner.