St. Thomas sets up 800-acre ‘mega-site,’ eyes electric-vehicle parts plant – The London Free Press

June 11, 2022 by No Comments


The City of St Thomas has assembled 800 acres of land to create a “mega-site” intended to woo a massive new industry just as discussion grows of another automotive electric-vehicle battery manufacturing plant landing in Ontario.

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Jun 09, 2022  •  1 day ago  •  4 minute read  •  22 Comments Mayor Joe Preston shows the rough location of an 800-acre (320-hectare) “mega-site” St. Thomas has put together in a bid to lure a large industrial plant as talk grows of another electric vehicle battery plant coming to Ontario. (Mike Hensen/The London Free Press)

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St. Thomas just may have taken the lead in the provincewide race to land a massive new automotive EV battery plant, industry observers say.

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The city has assembled 800 acres (320 hectares) of land, a “mega-site” to be used to woo new industry, just as discussion grows of another automotive EV battery manufacturing plant landing in Ontario.

“This puts them at the head of the pack right now,” said Flavio Volpe, chief executive of the Auto Parts Manufacturers’ Association, representing the industry.

“One of the most important things in chasing one of these investments is land assembly, being close to multi-modal access (highways, rail and airports) and labour. St. Thomas has all of that.”

The city and its economic development office have assembled the land in the city’s northeast as it looks to cash in on growing demand for manufacturing space across Ontario.

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The land is mostly bounded by Highbury Avenue South, Edgeware Line, Yarmouth Centre Road and Ron McNeil Line. There is about 120 hectares, south of Edgeware Line.

“I am glad St. Thomas has bought a ticket to the dance,” Volpe said.

St. Thomas officials have pulled together 800 acres (320 hectares) of land in hopes of landing a large factory. The highlighted area is bordered by Highbury Avenue to the west, Ron McNeil Line to the north and Yarmouth Centre Road to the east. The City of St. Thomas had previously owned 56 acres (22 hectares) of the land. (Supplied)

The City of St. Thomas will use the land assembly in a pitch to the Ontario government and its Economic Development Ministry as a site for a new automotive EV battery plant, but the city is open to any large-scale industrial investor, said Sean Dyke, chief executive of St. Thomas Economic Development Corp.

“If you look across Ontario, there is a general shortage of quality industrial land and we have to say, ‘We are open to business. We are ready,’ ” he …….

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