Elio Motors CEO answers questions about production, jobs

Published 01/30 2014 10:26PM

Updated 01/31 2014 07:42AM

Neighbors from Caddo Parish Commissioner Ken Epperson's district gathered at his annual meeting tonight to hear more details about Elio Motors coming to Shreveport.

"You know we're really excited about it,” says neighbor Anita Holloway. “We want a breath of fresh air in the community, and this is just the shot in the arm that Shreveport needs. We're all here to support the community." 

"My sister and I came; we are retirees from the General Motors here in Shreveport, and since the plant closed, we had been hearing rumors that it'll be reopened with Elio Motors," says neighbor Marilyn Killingworth.

The building is under lease with Industrial Realty Group, and Elio will be taking up a third of the space.

Commissioner Epperson says the old GM plant has been empty too long, and company's need to get in.

"We don't care who locates in that General Motors facility other than Elio,” says Epperson. “We just want to fill it up and create some jobs for Caddo Parish."

But people want to know two things: first, when will the hiring start?

"I think we still have that tab on our website to accept applications, but we're really not going to be looking to hire anybody until about 90 days before our start of production," says Paul Elio, CEO of Elio Motors.

Second, how many jobs will be available?

"Probably 800 to start, then ramp up to 1500, then you move part of them to second shift and get the other shift going," says Elio.

While production won't start until next year, a team with Elio Motors will be here the week of February 17th moving in equipment.

If you’re interested in buying, you can log on to Elio’s website and reserve a vehicle.

Elio says right now 8,700 cars are reserved for interested buyers.

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