It's a new year! Welcome back to the Beehive!
From the Beehive is our way of highlighting the work being done to prepare for the proposed industrial subdivision as we welcome Volkswagen Group-owned battery company PowerCo Canada Inc. to St. Thomas.
We take our name from the railway history of our community - Beehive being a slang term for a railyard office. We generally film our updates onsite or from the construction site office and work closely with the teams involved with the work on-site to bring these updates to you each week.
As construction progresses, we are excited to share the process along with information about infrastructure updates, community information, and more! The updates From the Beehive will change and grow as the project and community do.
In today's episode, Mike is back on-site with Nicole to learn more about the role of the roller and the different types of rollers used on-site.
St. Thomas is PowerCo Canada Inc.'s first overseas gigafactory for cell manufacturing and will equip the Group brands' BEVs in the North American region with cutting-edge unified cells, a new technology designed for cost-efficient scale production. St. Thomas will also be the largest PowerCo gigafactory to date, with an annual production capacity of up to 90 GWh in the final expansion phase. The planned investment of up to €4.8 billion / CAD$ 7 billion by 2030 has the potential to create up to 3,000 highly skilled jobs at the factory, along with thousands of indirect jobs within the region. Furthermore, the cell factory will be supplied with CO2-free energy.