Honda Fayette County EV plant is catalyst for $100M in infrastructure work

In Steve Luebbe’s 25 years as Fayette County engineer, he “has never seen the kind of infrastructure work the county is now embarked on to accommodate the Honda/LG Energy Solution Electric Vehicle (EV) battery plant being built in Jefferson Twp.,” the Dayton Daily News reports. He called it a “catalyst for change,” estimating that the county and partners including neighboring governments and contractors “are pursuing more than $100 million total in road, water, and electric infrastructure improvements for the enormous plant” that is expected to employ 2,200 people, according to the article. The county is “improving a wastewater treatment plant, building a water treatment plant” and an additional water tower and a roundabout. AES Ohio “said it will build 13 miles of 350-kilovolt power lines, with 2.5 miles of a 69-kilovolt line, a pair of new substations for transmission while relocating a distribution substation.” Luebbe compared the impact Honda will have in Fayette County to the effect the company had on Marysville when it built its auto assembly plant there decades ago, noting that “dozens of Honda suppliers” are near Honda’s Marysville location. For more, read the full article.

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