By Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle)

Ground was broken Wednesday on a $100 million carbon fiber production plant in Moses Lake, Wash., thatâ¿¿s being built by BMW Group and SGL Group.

The factory will manufacture carbon fiber for BMW⿿s proposed energy-efficient ⿿Megacity Vehicle.⿝ The facility will be built by SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers LLC, a joint venture between the two Germany-based firms. The decision to build in Moses Lake was made in April.

Construction of the facility, which is being built on 60 acres, will initially employ 200 people and when itâ¿¿s finished, 80 people will work there on two carbon fiber lines that will each have a capacity of 1,500 metric tons. The plant is expected to begin production of carbon fiber in the third quarter of 2011.

⿿The decision to build the carbon fiber plant in Moses Lake was based primarily on the availability of renewable clean hydropower and competitive energy costs in the state of Washington. Favorable infrastructure conditions, existing utilities, a skilled labor force and fast permitting processes were also important contributing decision factors,⿝ said Joerg Pohlman, managing director of SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers, in a statement.

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