BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A startup car company called Elio Motors is moving into the former General Motors plant in Shreveport, where it will build three-wheeled, low-price vehicles.
Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Thursday that Elio is buying part of the plant to assemble its unusual-looking car. The company says the two-seat vehicle averages 65 miles per gallon of gas and will sell for $6,800.
Phoenix, Ariz.-based Elio says it will hire 1,500 workers by late 2015, reviving a plant that once built pickup trucks and the commercial Hummer.
The plant has been closed since late August. GM had handed it over to a trust that took over dozens of GM-owned facilities after the company declared bankruptcy.
The company has been taking reservations for the vehicle, called the Elio. First delivery is projected for mid-2014.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.