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BYD Breaks Ground on Expanded Manufacturing Facility in Lancaster, CA

| September 14, 2016

BYD Breaks Ground on Expanded Manufacturing Facility in Lancaster, CA

BYD, the world’s largest manufacturer of electric vehicles, broke ground on the second of three phases of construction at its vehicle manufacturing facility in Lancaster, California.

The facility is already the site of BYD’s coach and bus vehicle plant that employs approximately 400 people working in areas such as engineering, production, quality control, procurement, and customer service. The Phase II expansion marks an important step in BYD’s plan to triple employment in three years, undertaken in response to what the company has termed “increased demand for its zero-emission coaches, buses, and new medium- and heavy-duty truck product lineup.”

The Phase II expansion will add tens of thousands of additional square feet to the existing facility and is scheduled for completion in 2017. A third phase, to begin thereafter, will add hundreds of thousands of additional square feet to the site in Lancaster and bring the facility up to its full size and capacity.

BYD recently signed an important neutrality agreement with the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, one of North America’s most dynamic and diverse unions with 216,000 members, which is part of a good-faith negotiation around unionizing workers at the Lancaster facility. As BYD proceeds with its plans to triple the number of people employed in Lancaster, it is committed to creating good-paying jobs with benefits and real opportunities for career growth.

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