Former President Bill Clinton joined officials from Mississippi-based GreenTech Automotive (GTA) recently as the company launched its new environmentally-friendly MyCar.
GTA said it expects to create more than 450 new automotive jobs by 2014 as it ramps up production of the $15,000, 2-door all-electric vehicle with zero emissions. The company said production of the revolutionary car could generate another 7,400 jobs indirectly within the next two years.
For too long, America has been inventing products here and sending the production jobs overseas, Terry McAuliffe, chairman of GreenTech, noted. “We’re proud to bring manufacturing jobs back and prove that the U.S. is still the world leader in technological innovation and manufacturing.”
In 2010, the company purchased Hong-Kong-based EuAtuo and set up a manufacturing facility in Horn Lake. GTA currently employs 840 people worldwide with a variety of qualifications on theirresumes, including welders, engineers and assemblers. It said it expects to manufacture a range of vehicles at the Mississippi plant, including the larger MyCar EV beginning in 2014.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment opportunities for welders, cutters, solderers and brazers are expected to increase by 15% through 2020 and be best for those who with a postsecondary degree on their resume.