What government and corporate leaders are saying about ZAP

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  • “These are good, high-paying jobs, the kind that have been so important to this state over many years and are even more important in this tough economic period,” Gov. Steve Beshear said in a news release. “This represents an investment not only in Kentucky's economy, but also in the future of this country,” Beshear said. “The long-term security and economic health of this nation depends in part on its ability to become energy independent. This plant, and the vehicles it’s designed to produce, could be an important part of that strategy.” [1]
  • Dennis Griffin said he is not concerned with ZAP’s ability to produce vehicles. “I think they’ve got the plan,” he said. “I think there’s a lot of interest in electric cars right now ... it’s a different product whose time has come.” [2]
  • “What we’re doing here, in this county, is not just for us,” ZAP CEO Steve Schneider said. “But for the rest of the world … We’ll have one more thing to add to the Kentucky scoreboard, and we’re very proud of that.” [3]
  • “It’s a big deal,” Jim Henderson said. “It’s a momentous project for our region.” [4]
  • The ZAP vehicle plant will at least double the number of manufacturing jobs in Franklin, Franklin Mayor Jim Brown said. He said he tried to not get his hopes up.

“It’s better to be pleasantly surprised than to be let down,” he said. “Until you get to a day like today, you don’t think too far ahead.” “It’s just hard to imagine the positive impact it will have on this community,” Brown said. [5]

  • A ZAP factory portends a future for Simpson County "that will allow us to have a stable economy, that will allow our children to get their education and come back here," Franklin Mayor Jim Brown told about 200 onlookers. [6]
  • “It’s just a huge day for Simpson County,” said Steve Thurmond, “not only for the jobs that will be created, but for the steps that Simpson County and the commonwealth of Kentucky are taking to combat our dependence on gasoline.” [7]
  • "For all the naysayers," Randall Waldman told a crowd gathered behind a white-frame farmhouse, "we will say we did it in the U.S. and we did it in Franklin." [8]

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  7. Franklin lands electric car plant
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