Truck Manufacturer Factory To Employ 2,000 Workers

Set to employ approximately 2,000 people, a facility for a maker of zero-emissions heavy trucks will begin manufacturing in 2022 in central Arizona.

Without citing a price, Phoenix-based Nikola Motor Co. announced the purchase of roughly 400 acres of raw land in Coolidge from Saint Holdings. Plans include the building of hydrogen-electric trucks at the facility.

Served by rail connections, the land is located in the Inland Port Arizona industrial park.

A privately-owned company, Nikola designs and manufactures hydrogen-electric vehicles, electric-vehicle drivetrains, components, energy-storage systems and hydrogen stations. The company currently employs about 80 people at an office near Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix.

Nikola claims to have 13,000 orders for what it calls the nation’s most advanced semi-trucks.

By 2024, the factory will ramp up to around 2,000 jobs. Nikola’s presence in the area could bring thousands of additional jobs at suppliers and related businesses, said Trevor Milton, Nikola’s CEO.

The investment will be a “huge benefit to Coolidge and the surrounding areas for decades to come,” he predicted.

Nikola plans to unveil its products at a media event in Scottsdale on April 16 and 17.