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Automaker BMW plans major expansion of Moses Lake carbon-fiber plant

Since last Friday, a lot of people are suddenly aware of SGL, the German company that has a large carbon-fiber production site in Moses Lake. That's when state officials and company execs gathered in Moses Lake to announce a major expansion of one of Eastern Washington's distinctive high-end manufacturing companies.

The S-R used a Seattle Times story, printed Sunday, that explains how the plant got to Grant County, and why BMW is investing a lot more money into more jobs and increased carbon-fiber production.

The Moses Lake site was chosen for its cheap and clean energy. The expanded plant, touted to be the world’s largest carbon-fiber plant, will employ about 200 workers earning $17 to $22 per hour.

Photo from SGL.

Moses Lake selected for BMW parts plant

SEATTLE — The companies planning to build a parts plant for lightweight BMW cars have selected a site at Moses Lake in central Washington because of the availability of hydroelectric power, The Associated Press reports.

The decision by SGL Group and BMW AG was announced today at a news conference in Seattle.

Gov. Chris Gregoire worked to land the factory. Its $100 million initial investment will create 80 jobs.

The carbon fiber parts made at the plant will be used in BMW’s upcoming Megacity electric vehicle. The urban car is set to be launched before 2015. It will be assembled in Leipzig, Germany.

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