High hopes for manufacturing mecca from Rivian and potential battery making plant



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CENTRAL ILLINOIS (WEEK) — A Samsung battery plant could be headed to the Twin Cities, across the street from Rivian Automotive. Although, it’s not the only potential, billion dollar deal under discussion there.

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin made the announcement Thursday.

“This Samsung facility, we hope, will be located next door to Rivian,” Durbin.

A Samsung battery plant could be on the way to Normal, potentially creating thousands of jobs in what now looks like undeveloped fields.

“This is just the begining,” said Patrick Hoban, CEO of the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Center.

Hoban said this could be the start of a pandemic-related manufacturing boom for Central Illinois.

“With the pandemic I think people started to take a look at, do they need to be in major metros,” said Hoban.

He said the potential amount of job opportunity for McLean County could be game changing.

“We try to sell the entire region,” said Hoban.

He’s not alone.

Over in Greater Peoria, Chris Setti, CEO of the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council, said if it’s a win for normal –

“Then that’s absolutely good for the Peoria area,” said Setti.

Setti and Hoban both agreed that potential and officially announced projects like Amazon’s Fulfillment Center, coming to North Pekin, can help to expand their collective economies.

“I think that’s really maybe what’s important about things like an amazon fulfillment center and about Rivian is a diversification,” said Setti.

And that Amazon center in Tazewell County, Hoban said it would be noticed over in McLean County.

“Same day delivery, which equals better quality of life and quality of place for all of us,” said Hoban..

No confirmation about Samsung on the way, but there is a lot of talk about growth and infrastructure in Redbird Country.

“We do have at least three prospects that are over a billion dollars,” said Hoban.

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