Fisker begins hiring for Delaware production facility
Fisker’s Delaware production facility will be the home of their second production model, currently code named Project Nina. The first 120 employees hired to work in Delaware on Fisker’s Project Nina will be comprised of roughly 40 electro-mechanical technicians who will be hired in July and August, followed by 80 more employees being hired between October and February 2012 who will fill positions on the facility engineering staff as well as building early teams of production workers. From there, Fisker will add more employees as needed as the company nears the full scale production of the mid-size premium sedan featuring Fisker’s electric drivetrain with a gasoline range extending engine.
The production site chosen for Fisker’s Project Nina is the plant formerly known as General Motors’ Wilmington Assembly. This production facility was responsible for models like the Chevrolet Corsica and Beretta, then moving on to create the sporty Saturn Sky and Pontiac Solstice Roadsters before shutting down in July of 2009. General Motors originally opened the plant in 1947.
Since acquiring the facility, Fisker has slowly renovated the grounds to accommodate their needs and in removing the components that they would not need, Fisker recycled more than 11.2 million pounds of Iron, steel, wood and aluminum rather than just sending it all to the dump. Fisker has used the money made through recycling to purchase equipment and materials for the Delaware production facility in preparation of Project Nina and the company even re-used some of the materials – sending wood from the original Wilmington Assembly line to the Fisker HQ in Anaheim where it now serves as the flooring in the reception area.
This announcement of new jobs being created in Delaware comes on the heels of Fisker’s continued expansion at the Global headquarters in Anaheim, California. Between January 1, 2010 and the same day in 2011, the number of employees at the Fisker HQ went from 50 to 200 and by the end of this month, Fisker plans to have at least 300 employees operating out of the company’s headquarters. When you consider the 300 or so contracted positions created by Fisker, the innovative automaker has introduced more than 600 new jobs in the US over the past 18 months.