The first of what should be thousands of electric cars rolled out of the new THINK North America plant in Elkhart Wednesday. The company says this is the first step in bringing hundreds of jobs to the struggling region.
Think opened its plant in the former Phillips building on Elkhart's east side in October. On Wednesday, the first 15 fully-electric cars left the facility.
But company officials say this is just the beginning of what they hope will be a permanent stay in the city.
When the recession hit, many people thought the production of vehicles in Elkhart was over. Those people should reconsider that thought. The company, which is based in Oslo, Norway, plans to roll out 300 electric cars from the plant by the end of the year.
"This clearly gave us some hope in a very trying and difficult time, and we're seeing the momentum pick up for this particular company, Think," said Dorinda heiden-Guss with Elkhart County’s Economic Development Corporation.