• Jun 22, 2011
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Back in October of 2009, Fisker Automotive bought General Motors' closed down Boxwood Road facility in Wilmington, Delaware. Now, nearly two years later, Fisker is gearing up to get the re-commissioned factory ready for production of Project Nina.

This means that Fisker will need to hire some employees and it has announced that it's ready to do just that. Starting this weekend, Fisker Automotive will post advertisements for job openings at its Delaware facility. The automaker's initial plan calls for the hiring of 120 employees, including engineers, electro-mechanical technicians and production workers, by the end of 2011. Unfortunately, Fisker only intends to use one third of the factory's total floor space, meaning that the capacity to manufacture around 200,000 units annually will remain untouched.

Looking to land a job with Fisker? Well, the automaker says that it will hire at least 40 electro-mechanical technicians in July and August and an additional 80 production line workers between October and February of 2012. After that, Fisker is looking to continually add jobs as Project Nina nears production in late 2012. That's the plan, anyway.




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FISKER AUTOMOTIVE STARTS FIRST ROUND OF JOB POSTINGS AT RE-COMMISSIONED WILMINGTON, DELAWARE PLANT

Wilmington, Delaware June 22, 2011: Fisker Automotive will start the first stage of a comprehensive job creation program this weekend as advertisements for the first positions at the re-commissioned Wilmington, Delaware plant are posted.

The plan for 2011 will encompass the hiring of about 120 employees. This initial group will be made up of engineering staff, electro-mechanical technicians, and early teams of production workers as Fisker starts preparing for the launch of its second line of production vehicles, code-named Project Nina, at the end of 2012 with sales commencing in 2013.

Forty electro-mechanical technicians, will be hired during July and August, a further 80 production employees will be added between October and February 2012 and there will be a continuous addition of jobs as the Project Nina platform nears full production.
Says Fisker Automotive Chief Operating Officer, Bernhard Koehler; "This is an exciting time for Fisker. As we bring the Fisker Karma sedan to market and start delivering to customers, we are simultaneously starting to employ a world-class American workforce to build world-class American electric vehicles with extended range (EVer) in a re-commissioned American plant."

The announcement of new jobs in Delaware comes on top of a significant employment expansion at Fisker's Global Headquarters based in Anaheim, California. The company's headcount in California has quadrupled from 50 staff in January 2010 to 200 in January 2011. By the end of June it will have increased a further 50% to 300 direct hires. In addition, with a similar number of contractors (300), Fisker will have created more than 600 American jobs in the past 18 months.

Adds Koehler; "2011 is a pivotal year for us in Delaware. As we start to hire new employees, we will begin the process of installing new equipment and testing the manufacturing process."

As befits a company with Fisker's environmental credentials, since buying the plant in Summer 2010 the company has spent the last few months clearing out and re-commissioning the plant. However, instead of scrapping materials Fisker has sent more than 11.2 million pounds of Iron, steel, wood and aluminum on more than 400 truckloads to be re-cycled.

The revenue generated from these recovery and re-cycling activities has been used to purchase more materials, tools and equipment as well as on additional factory improvements. Some materials are being re-used by Fisker itself. For example, wood from the original production line has even been used to floor the reception area of the Anaheim headquarters.

The Project Nina program will be a new generation of Fisker cars, following on from the Fisker Karma, the world's first true luxury electric vehicle with extended range (EVer).

The first Project Nina vehicle, scheduled to roll off the Wilmington, Delaware production line at the end of 2012, will be a mid-size premium sedan that delivers on Fisker's promise of "Pure Driving Passion."

ABOUT FISKER AUTOMOTIVE, INC.

Fisker Automotive is an American car company, founded in 2007, committed to producing electric vehicles with extended range (EVer) that deliver uncompromised responsible luxury™. The Fisker Karma sedan is the world's first premium electric plug-in hybrid that represents the company's firm belief that environmentally conscious cars need not sacrifice passion, style, or performance. Fisker Automotive is a global company that is redefining luxury for the modern sports car buyer. For more information on the brand and the Fisker Karma, please go tohttp://fiskerautomotive.com.


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  • 9 Comments
      Marco Polo
      • 3 Years Ago
      It won't work, it's Failed! they're broke.The CEO's a crook! The designers are in the pay of Oil companies, working for Fox., or GM or all three! it's not a real EV. Should cost only $18.99! The engineers are all CIA or Saudi terrorists or both, even the janitors a highly paid member of the Obama secret cartel. Ok, that's all said, so there is no need for the usual anti-Karman- Fisker troll postings! Well done Karman-Fisker, Delaware needs the employment.
      Peter
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hmm and still no sight of the prototype
        Chris M
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Peter
        Considering the delays we've already seen from Fisker, I doubt "Nina" will go into production in 2012. Maybe by 2014.
        letstakeawalk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Peter
        The prototype has been shown to those who need to see it (and famously, VP Biden), but it would be nice to have it out in the media for general consumption.
      Doug
      • 3 Years Ago
      Fisker has been under pressure to start doing something in Delaware, if only for show. This is the reason the got AVTM funding even though the Karma doesn't qualify.
        letstakeawalk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Doug
        The Karma was funded partly by the AVTM loan. "In the first stage of the program, Fisker Automotive will use a $169.3 million ATVM loan for engineering integration costs as it works with primarily U.S. suppliers to complete the company's first vehicle, the Fisker Karma. Engineers will also design tools and equipment and develop manufacturing processes. This work will be conducted at Fisker's Pontiac, Michigan office with support from its headquarters in Irvine, California. "
          Doug
          • 3 Years Ago
          @letstakeawalk
          Except they wouldn't have gotten that partial funding if not for the Nina, which was only proposed as a bid for AVTM funds.
          letstakeawalk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @letstakeawalk
          That's an interesting opinion you've got, Doug. Why are you unhappy that funds meant to spur the development of PHEVs are being used to develop PHEVs? Are you unhappy with Project Nina in some way?