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May 4, 2013

Earlier in the week, it was announced that two new BYD (Build Your Dreams) Auto Co. manufacturing locations would be set up in Lancaster, California.

The company would commence the manufacturing of electric buses for the city, as well as the manufacture of large-scale batteries in the new facilities. The projects are expected to start in a few months.

The First Manufacturing Facility

These facilities are the first in the U.S. for the Chinese company, which has a subsidiary in Los Angeles. According to Lancaster Mayor, Rex Parris, these new ventures would be very beneficial to the community at large. He looks forward to the numerous new jobs that would be created by the globally recognized technology company.

The contribution, he also added, to the local and national economy by these two facilities would be quite significant. BYD  currently has an employee base of over 160,000 workers globally, with operations in Europe, Asia and India. Its corporate headquarters is based in Los Angeles.

Long Standing Relationship Between the Two Partners

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The relationship leading to this venture started in 2009 and in 2010, Parris and other representatives of the city were invited to China on a trade mission. The major aim of this trip was to introduce Lancaster to major firms as a good location for investment. The team then went on to visit the BYD major headquarters to cement the relationship.

Responsible for initiating the relationship, Michael Antonovich, LA County supervisor, said that he was pleased with the fruits of the new relationship and was quite optimistic that the new facilities would further enhance the economic standing of the Antelope Valley.

The first BYD-Lancaster project was the ‘Home of the Future’ a project that set up affordable green homes. KB Home, a building giant partnered with BYD to come up with the new homes. Parris was rather impressed with the project, which only served to convince him that the BYD partnership should continue.

He felt that their innovative technologies fit perfectly within the vision for the city in terms of energy goals, while at the same time creating sustainable employment for the city residents.

Last month, the Chinese company received a $12.1 contract to manufacture the zero-emissions buses. On one charge, the buses can cover up to 155 miles, among the highest ranges in the e-bus sector. The company took over the Rexhall Industries manufacturing plant after low RV demands has led to a decrease in operations.

There are also a number of Rexhall employees at the plant who will retain their jobs despite the takeover.

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