Electric car maker Fisker Automotive this weekend will advertise the first jobs at the re-commissioned former GM car plant it has bought in Wilmington, Delaware.
About 120 employees will be hired in 2011. This initial group will be made up of engineering staff, electro-mechanical technicians, and early teams of production workers as Fisker starts preparing for the launch of its second line of production vehicles, code-named Project Nina, at the end of 2012 with sales commencing in 2013.
Forty electro-mechanical technicians will be hired during July and August, a further 80 production employees will be added between October and February 2012 and there will be a continuous addition of jobs as the Project Nina platform nears full production.
Fisker Automotive Chief Operating Officer Bernhard Koehler said: “This is an exciting time for Fisker. As we bring the Karma sedan to market and start delivering to customers, we are simultaneously starting to employ a world-class American workforce to build world-class American electric vehicles with extended range (EVer) in a re-commissioned American plant.”
Employment has also expanded expanded at Fisker’s global headquarters in Anaheim, California where headcount has quadrupled from 50 in January 2010 to 200 in January 2011. By the end of June it will have increased a further 50% to 300 direct hires. In addition, with a similar number of contractors (300), Fisker will have created more than 600 American jobs in the past 18 months, it claimed.
Added Koehler; “2011 is a pivotal year for us in Delaware. As we start to hire new employees, we will begin the process of installing new equipment and testing the manufacturing process.”
Since buying the plant in summer 2010 the company has spent the last few months clearing out and re-commissioning it. However, instead of scrapping materials Fisker has sent more than 11.2m pounds (400 truck loads) of iron, steel, wood and aluminium to be recycled.
The revenue generated from these recovery and recycling activities has been used to purchase more materials, tools and equipment as well as on additional factory improvements. Some materials are being re-used by Fisker itself. For example, wood from the original production line has been used to floor the reception area of the Anaheim headquarters.
The Project Nina program will be a new generation of Fisker cars, following on from the Karma, billed as the world’s first true luxury electric vehicle with extended range (EVer).
The first Project Nina vehicle, scheduled to off line at the end of 2012, will be a mid-size premium sedan.