Electric vehicle company picks Oklahoma for assembly plant

PRYOR, Okla. – An electric vehicle company is coming to Oklahoma and bringing 2,000 jobs.

Los Angeles-based Canoo and Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced the company’s decision on Thursday. Canoo chose Oklahoma for its U.S. manufacturing facility.

The company plans to build a 400-acre campus at MidAmerica Industrial Park in Pryor, near Tulsa. The company says its factory will include a paint and body shop, along with a general assembly plant. They are hoping to open in 2023.

“At MidAmerica Industrial Park, we have been preparing for our next mega-employer for more than 10 years. We have made significant capital investments in speed-to-market capability by building new infrastructure, expanding shovel-ready sites, and strengthening workforce training, recruitment and retention,” said MidAmerica CEO David Stewart. “As the largest industrial park in the Central United States, with abundant renewable resources in power and water, Canoo’s selection of MidAmerica as the site for its inaugural production facility is testament to our competitiveness for new jobs.”

“Oklahoma has always been a pioneer in the energy industry, and this partnership with Canoo shows that our state is an innovation leader in electric vehicle technology,” Governor Stitt said. “We are thrilled to partner with Canoo and Chairman and CEO Tony Aquila to provide high-paying jobs for Oklahomans and position America as the global leader for vehicle manufacturing for decades to come.”

Tulsa was in the running last year for a Tesla electric vehicle manufacturing facility, but it went to Austin, Texas.