Collaboration with BridgeValley Community and Technical College & local Workforce Development Board will help source employees to manufacture all-electric school buses by mid-2022
South Charleston, West Virginia, February 1, 2022 – GreenPower Motor Company Inc. (NASDAQ: GP) (TSXV: GPV) (“GreenPower”), a leading manufacturer and distributor of zero-emission, electric-powered medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, today announced a partnership with BridgeValley Community & Technical College and the Workforce Development Board of Kanawha County. Moreover, the program will provide workforce development and training opportunities for potential employees. The all-electric school bus manufacturing facility is in South Charleston.
“GreenPower is excited to partner with BridgeValley to provide hands-on training to workers that join our manufacturing team here in the Kanawha Valley,” said Brendan Riley, President of GreenPower. “The college offers leading-edge technology, innovative ideas, and dynamic educational opportunities for students and the community. And their programs will benefit our workforce and production processes immensely.”
Creating new jobs
“We are delighted to support GreenPower with workforce training programs. Therefore, this is in preparation for the opening of their new manufacturing facility in West Virginia,” said Dr. Casey Sacks, President of BridgeValley. “BridgeValley has a strong history of partnering with local companies. Especially to train and prepare our citizens for great new jobs right here in West Virginia.”
Moreover, GreenPower Motor is looking forward to a highly successful partnership. Additionally, It’s an exciting and important initiative for communities and the state of West Virginia.
On January 12th Gov. Jim Justice announced that GreenPower had entered into a lease/purchase agreement with the state of West Virginia to acquire properties located in South Charleston with 9.5 acres and an 80,000 square foot building where it plans to be manufacturing zero-emission, all-electric school buses by the middle of 2022. In addition, the state will provide up to $3.5 million in employment incentive payments. Therefore, they will go to GreenPower for creating up to 900 jobs in the state as vehicle production increases over time.