Nikola Corporation recently held an official groundbreaking ceremony on its approximate 430-acre parcel of land in Coolidge, Ariz., that will be home to its 1 million sq.-ft. manufacturing facility.
The ceremony included speakers from Nikola’s executive team Trevor Milton, founder and executive chairman; Mark Russell, CEO; and Mark Duchesne, global head of manufacturing. Coolidge Mayor Jon Thompson along with business leaders Chris Camacho, CEO of Greater Phoenix Economic Council; Jackob Andersen, CEO, Saint Holding; and via video, Sandra Watson, president and chief executive officer, Arizona Commerce Authority, also joined in the celebration.
“This has been an incredible journey for Nikola Corporation. We started in our basement six years ago and now we are kicking off this 1 million sq.-ft. manufacturing facility,” said Milton. “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. 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.”
According to Nikola, the future 4.0 designed facility will incorporate the latest technology to increase connectivity 24/7 throughout the building and equipment to optimize overall energy, productivity and quality.
“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,” says Duchesne.
The first phase of construction is scheduled for completion in late 2021, with the second phase projected to be complete within the following 12-18 months. The U.S.-based facility represents a capital investment of approximately $600 million and will initially produce the Nikola Tre and Nikola Two. At full production, the facility will reach approximately 35,000 units annually, Nikola says, running two shifts.
The first Nikola Tre trucks will be produced in Ulm, Germany with partner IVECO, followed shortly after by the Coolidge facility, the company says.
“Arizona is the best state in the nation for cutting-edge companies to make their mark,” said Gov. Ducey. “Nikola’s new plant in Coolidge will produce its zero-emissions Class 8 semi-trucks and create thousands of new jobs. Congratulations to the Nikola team on breaking ground and I look forward to the continued success.”