Envirotech Vehicles held an event Thursday in Osceola, Ark. to celebrate the first electric vehicles to undergo final assembly at its first U.S. manufacturing facility. Representatives of the electric vehicle company were joined by community and business leaders from across the state and region to commemorate the milestone.
Last month, Envirotech officially became Arkansas’ only auto manufacturing facility after the company was granted a manufacturing license from the Arkansas Motor Vehicle Commission. Envirotech announced Osceola as the site of its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Feb. 2022.
“Today’s event is a great reminder that, as our company continues to progress through this new journey, we are thankful for all of the support we have received from community and business leaders across the state who believe in our expertise and mission,” said Envirotech CEO Phillip Oldridge. “Our facility will not only do great things for our company, but also the local economy in Mississippi County and surrounding areas as we provide more jobs and more revenue generation for the state.”
During the event, the company announced the final assembly of 58 vehicles and ten right-hand drive vehicles, marking the first final assembly taking place at its new headquarters in Arkansas. Vehicles commemorated at the event will be delivered to customers across the country, from New Jersey to Utah.
Clif Chitwood, President of the Great River Economic Development Foundation said, “We’re glad to officially be welcoming Envirotech Vehicles to Mississippi County. As we continue to diversify and fuel our workforce, we are thrilled that Envirotech Vehicles chose our county for their new U.S.-based manufacturing facility.”
Sally Wilson, mayor of Osceola, called Envirotech Vehicles an “incredible addition” to the city’s workforce.
“Companies that are willing to go the extra mile to be leaders in their respective industries are exactly what Osceola needs as our city continues to grow and look for ways to bolster its employment offerings and liveability,” Wilson added.