GreenPower Motor Co. partners with BridgeValley Community College
The state will provide up to $3.5 million in employment incentive payments to GreenPower for creating up to 900 jobs in the state as vehicle production increases over time.
SOUTH CHARLESTON — GreenPower Motor Company Inc. announced a partnership with BridgeValley Community & Technical College and the Workforce Development Board of Kanawha County. The program will provide workforce development and training opportunities for potential employees at its South Charleston all-electric school bus manufacturing facility.
“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 in a statement.
“The college offers leading-edge technology, innovative ideas and dynamic education opportunities for students and the community, and their programs will benefit our workforce and production processes immensely.”
“We are delighted to support GreenPower with workforce training programs in preparation for the opening of their new manufacturing facility in West Virginia,” said Dr. Casey Sacks, President of BridgeValley in a statement.
The company stated that earlier this month 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 manufacture zero-emission, all-electric school buses by the middle of 2022. The state will provide up to $3.5 million in employment incentive payments to GreenPower for creating up to 900 jobs in the state as vehicle production increases over time.
“Our new all-electric school bus manufacturing operation will create excellent employment and career development opportunities for nearby residents and families, with highly competitive wages and a chance to learn and grow in the exciting new era of state-of-the-art electric vehicle production,” said Riley.