Rivian closing in on Georgia as location for second factory

Rivian factory
Credit: Rivian

Rivian has been seeking a location for a second factory for several months, and it looks like their search is leading them to Georgia.

The fledgling automaker, based in California and with a factory in Normal, Illinois, is already in late-stage discussions with the state.

According to sources familiar with the discussions that spoke with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the site Rivian has chosen is in an industrial area in Stanton Springs, about 45 miles east of Atlanta.

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Since the discussions are still ongoing, there is the possiblity the deal may never materialize. It is believed that the state is offering Rivian lucrative tax breaks to land the significant investment.

In 2018 Georgia offered Amazon $2 billion in incentives to secure the company’s second headquarters, which ultimately went to Virginia.

As expected, Rivian was quiet on the particulars of the discussions, but reaffirmed they are seeking a location for a second manufacturing facility and are still considering multiple locations.

“[Rivian] is in discussions with multiple locations as part of a competitive process for siting a second manufacturing facility. This may include Rivian being involved in certain public facing processes at potential locations. Involvement in these processes does not indicate a final decision,” the company said in a statement.

Georgia is already home to several other large automotive manufacturing facilities. Kia has a 2.2 million square foot facility in the state that produces 360,000 cars each year.

SK Battery Innovation is also building a $2.6 million electric vehicle (EV) battery plan near Commerce, Georgia.

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