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Governor Whitmer Announces the Development of Two New Electric Battery Factories in Michigan

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BIG RAPIDS, Michigan, October 6, 2022 ~ Governor Gretchen Whitmer joined the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Wednesday in announcing two new substantial investments in EV battery plants to be built in Michigan

The first is a $1.6 billion dollar investment by Michigan-based Our Next Energy to build a battery manufacturing campus in Van Buren Township, creating more than 2,100 new jobs.

The second is a long-range battery plant to be developed in Big Rapids by Chinese manufacturing company Gotion, who plans to invest more than $2.3 billion dollars and create more than 2,300 jobs.   

These announcements that we made are life changing and economy solidifying when it comes to advance manufacturing … this is great news for everyone in Michigan,” Governor Whitmer told Paul W. Smith this morning on 760 WJR.


October 6, 2022 ~ Governor Gretchen Whitmer talks to Paul W. about major battery company investments in Michigan, and she says this is great for Michigan because it means thousands of jobs for the state.

October 6, 2022 ~ Consumers Energy CEO Garrick Rochow talks to Paul W. about the energy company’s new partnership with Gotion in Big Rapids, and he says it’s great for Michigan.

(CONTINUED)As we think about what’s happening in mobility, we know that range anxiety is real for consumers,” Governor Whitmer continued. “It is companies like these that are solving that issue as we make this historic transition from internal combustion to electric vehicles. We’ve got to continue to put our foot on the accelerator here and make sure that we are leading in these advance mobility solutions.” 

In exchange for their commitments to the state, both entities will receive substantial incentives, with Gotion receiving $715 million and Our Next Energy receiving $236 million, all provided through a combination of tax breaks, grants, and loans.


October 6, 2022 ~ International lithium battery company Gotion is creating 2,350 in the Big Rapids area to serve increasing demand in the battery production industry.