Fisker Automotive will start the first stage of a “comprehensive job creation program” this weekend as advertisements for the first positions at the re-commissioned Wilmington, Delaware plant are posted.
The initial round of hiring for the Delaware plant will involve 40 employees in the engineering and electro-mechanical fields this summer, with 80 production workers being brought on board between October and February 2012.
Company executives have previously said that they expect to create 2,000 jobs at the facility and an additional 3,000 supplier jobs by 2014 when production reaches its full output of between 75,000 and 100,000 vehicles per year, half of those set for export.
Fisker purchased the facility from Motors Liquidation Corp. last year for $18 million dollars. At the time of the purchase, Fisker said that it would use a $528.7 million dollar loan from the federal government, along with an additional $175 million dollars in private investment to refurbish the facility to build a midsize premium sedan code-named Project Nina, at the end of 2012.
The Project Nina program will be a new generation of Fisker cars, following on from the Fisker Karma luxury plug-in hybrid sedan.