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Proposed Plant Would Bring 2,000 Jobs To Ky.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear says Kentucky is working to land a plant in central Kentucky that would employ 2,000 workers and build lithium ion batteries for vehicles.

Beshear says the National Alliance for Advanced Transportation
Batteries is looking to build an approximately $600 million facility in Hardin County. The project is contingent on the state winning a share of federal stimulus money from the Department of Energy. If approved, officials say they could begin building high-tech batteries in about a year.

Last week, Beshear announced the University of Kentucky and the
University of Louisville were working with Illinois-based Argonne National Laboratory to develop lithium ion battery technology.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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