Windsor, Ontario – December 12, 2023
In a boost to Windsor’s economic landscape, Korean manufacturer Bobaek America has announced a substantial $35-million investment in the city, heralding the establishment of a cutting-edge electric vehicle (EV) battery supply chain factory. This development is expected to generate 144 jobs, marking a significant stride for the province’s manufacturing sector.
The Ontario government is actively supporting this initiative by contributing $1.5 million towards the project, aligning with its commitment to fostering growth in the auto and manufacturing sectors. The 71,000-square-foot manufacturing facility is scheduled to commence operations in June 2024, specializing in the production of battery insulation panels and cell sheets crucial for EVs.
Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, the factory will feature pressure-molding and sensor-cutting machines, tape assembly, silicon cutting, and packing automation lines, along with 3D measuring equipment. This comprehensive setup underscores the commitment to delivering high-quality components for electric vehicles.
“We continue to build up Ontario’s auto and manufacturing sectors by creating the right conditions to attract multinational companies,” stated Vic Fedeli, the “Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade.” This strategic investment is poised to fortify Ontario’s position as a hub for advanced manufacturing and innovation.
DongjoSeo, representing Bobaek, expressed confidence in the factory’s capabilities, stating, “The plant’s output should be able to cover the entire North American market.” He conveyed gratitude to those who facilitated the establishment of Bobaek in Windsor, emphasizing the collaborative effort involved in making this venture a reality.
Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens hailed the announcement as “significant,” highlighting the positive impact on the local job market. “We are thrilled to see another major supplier commit to our collective vision of creating an EV cluster in the City of Windsor,” Mayor Dilkens remarked. The move aligns with the city’s ongoing efforts to position itself as a key player in the growing electric vehicle industry.
As Windsor eagerly anticipates the opening of the EV battery supply chain factory, the investment stands as a testament to the region’s appeal to global manufacturers and its commitment to sustainable, forward-looking industries. This development reinforces Windsor’s role in the broader transition to electric vehicles, contributing to both economic growth and job creation in the province.