Buttigieg says Panasonic battery plant in Kansas is “renaissance” of US manufacturing

Transportation Secretary, Pete Buttigieg greeted Kansas representative Sharice Davids during a press conference and visit to the Panasonic site in De Soto, Kansas Monday, Feb. 27, 2023.


U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Monday touted the $4 billion Panasonic battery plant in eastern Kansas, the one Oklahoma attempted to land last year and failed, as another example of “American renaissance” in manufacturing.

He spoke during ceremonies at the former Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant in western Johnson County where work is underway building the plant that will one day employ 4,000 workers.

“Ask any global company in the EV supply chain why they are choosing to open a new facility in the U.S. and you will hear about the investments we are making – the infrastructure law, the climate and jobs law and other good policies as among the decisive factors,” Buttigieg said. “Panasonic is a fantastic example of what is possible.”

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