CONNERSVILLE, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Carbon Motors Corporation announced today that it has commenced refurbishment of the idled brownfield site in Connersville, Indiana, and will be turning it into a modern, 21st century, highly efficient and environmentally responsible redevelopment to be known as the Carbon Campus. In an area of Indiana that is among the hardest hit by the lingering economic crisis, this is an appreciable move towards putting Americans back to work as well as accelerating the production of the Carbon E7 – the world’s first and only purpose-built law enforcement patrol vehicle. Teams of architects, engineers and contractors are finalizing the detailed, multi-year construction plans and have begun the first of several phases of work on the Carbon Campus.
“We are fully aware of the severe economic conditions impacting our community, and we have been working relentlessly for the past two years with the local, state, and federal authorities to bring this project to fruition,” said William Santana Li, chairman and chief executive officer, Carbon Motors Corporation. “We wish to thank the State of Indiana, Fayette County, and the City of Connersville for their continued and unwavering support. Redevelopment of the site is yet another step forward in the ongoing process of turning Connersville into the police car capital of the world and providing our country’s 840,000 first responders with the appropriate equipment to better secure our homeland.”
Connersville has deep roots in the automotive industry. Some of the biggest and most recognizable vehicle names have come out of Connersville, which used to be known as “Little Detroit” – Ansted, Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg, Empire, Lexington and McFarlan. In addition to the many automakers, Connersville was also home to a number of automotive suppliers that supported the industry.
“Despite all obstacles and challenges of building a company in the current economic environment, the team at Carbon Motors continues to persevere and has consistently pushed towards restoring Connersville and Fayette County to their former glory on behalf of the nation’s law enforcement community,” commented Sheriff William Wayson, Fayette County, Indiana. “Their dedication is steadfast, and the renovation of the site will prove to be an iconic landmark to all that enter Fayette County on Indiana’s State Road 1.”
The renovation work was awarded to Shook Construction, Inc. and Moody Nolan, Inc. Founded in 1926, Shook Construction is recognized as a regional leader in the industry for its strength in traditional construction methods and for its creative, fresh approach to cutting edge technologies and delivery systems. Moody Nolan is an award-winning design firm that prides itself on designing projects that positively impact and revitalize communities ravaged by economic or natural setbacks. Shook Construction and Moody Nolan are ideally located and suited to lead the redevelopment efforts with strong local ties to the community.
About Carbon Motors Corporation
Carbon Motors Corporation is a bold homeland security technology company on a critical mission to design, develop, manufacture, distribute, service, and recycle, the world’s first and only purpose-built law enforcement patrol vehicle. Learn more at www.carbonmotors.com.