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Magna Plans Chatham, Ontario, Canada, EV Battery Enclosure Factory

To support new electric vehicle business from Ford Motor, Canadian mobility technology company Magna plans to establish operations in Chatham, Ontario, Canada. The project is expected to create 150 jobs.

Magna is leveraging its market leading body and chassis expertise to provide innovative battery enclosures, according to company officials. The new 170,000 square foot facility will produce battery enclosures for the Ford F-150 Lighting.

“With the hard work of our team members in our Formet, St. Thomas facility, we have been able to secure additional business that allows us to grow in two great communities,” said Mark Johnson, Magna’s Formet Industries General Manager. “We are coming to Chatham with new job opportunities working on an exciting new technology that offers a lot of growth potential.”

Battery enclosures, which all electric vehicles require, house high-voltage batteries, electrical components, sensors and connectors, contributing to the structural and safety aspects of a vehicle’s frame and protecting critical components from potential impact, heat and water.

“Chatham-Kent has been taking an active role in encouraging investments in green, innovative, and future-thinking technologies, so Magna really is a perfect fit here. CK is an expanding community with a great history in the manufacturing sector and we look forward to supporting their growth and success for years to come,“ said Stuart McFadden, Director of Economic Development Services.

This game-changing Magna innovation is the largest lightweight aluminum battery enclosure on the market and the first on a work truck.

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