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Old 03-28-2023, 08:50 AM
Location: In the heights
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Rivian's asking employees on the mechanical engineering side of things to move to either the Irvine HQ area or the Normal plant: https://www.reuters.com/business/aut...sj-2023-03-24/

This could be a further boon for Bloomington-Normal as these would probably be among some of the higher paying jobs in the company and therefore a steady stream of money going into the local economy. I guess one question is if this is also making living expenses tough for others living in the area or if it's meant that more stores and businesses that are able to sustain themselves compared to before. I'd love to see this spur more collaboration with the university and as a pathway for the university and community college to educate and retain talent after their studies are over and they're on to the work force. It'd also be great if this was sizable enough to actually spin off companies and to create a startup business ecosystem.
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Old 04-11-2024, 11:43 AM
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Rivian's next vehicles will apparently also be made first in its Normal plant rather than in a prospective new plant in the Atlanta, Georgia area.

This looks to be pretty good news for Normal, and Illinois, as this means cranking up more well-paying jobs in the region. According to the article, the plant as it is now directly employs 7,000 people already which is a lot considering that in the Mitsubishi days it employed about 1,900. They purchased the plant in the beginning of 2017 and it's gone on to produce more than a 100,000 vehicles with a projected over 50K vehicles to be made this year. That's a lot of volume for a startup, but the next vehicles are meant to be a shift to much higher production rate. It'd be great if Rivian also moved its HQ to be closer to the plant though--I wonder if management has ever discussed moving HQ over to Chicago.

Right now, your options for consumer facing made in Illinois vehicles are the Ford Explorer, Lincoln Aviator, Rivian R1T, and Rivian R1S. In the coming years, the Rivian R2 will be available and possibly the R3 and a Ram pickup.

Here's a promo video for the R2:

Here's a tour of the R2:

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