MOSES LAKE, Wash. -- Representatives from the automaker company BMW broke ground on a new manufacturing plant in Moses Lake Wednesday.
The plant is expected to bring hundreds of jobs instantly to the region.
"We needed a constant power supply for our plant here and that is the reason why we looked at hydropower," says Automotive Carbon Fibers Project Manager Andreas Wullner.
Thus bringing them to Moses Lake. Year-round access to hydropower can provide clean energy for the $100 million plant.
No completed BMWs will be rolling off the assembly line there. Instead, the plant will import raw materials from Mitsubishi Rayon in Otake, Japan, and spin them into fibers that will turned into fabric in Germany for components of BMW's Megacity vehicle.
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