Fisker Automotive has announced plans to hire 120 workers at its Wilmington, Delaware plant by February 2012. Fisker took over the former General Motors facility in mid-2010 and will use it to build its future Project Nina vehicles.
The company is hoping to hire 40 electromechanical technicians between July and August of this year, followed by hiring another 80 production employees between this October and February 2012. Fisker currently has 200 employees at its headquarters in Anaheim, California, and hopes to add another 100 staffers there by the end of this month. Including contract workers, Fisker claims it has created 600 new American jobs in the last 18 months.
Project Nina is Fisker’s umbrella term for its upcoming “EVer” (electric vehicle with extended range) luxury cars. Following on the Karma sedan, the first Nina vehicle is scheduled to roll off the Wilmington line at the end of 2012. It will be a mid-size luxury sedan with some sort of extended-range electric drivetrain.
Since taking over the plant last year, Fisker has worked to clean up Wilmington. The company says it has recycled over 11.2 million tons of scrap iron, aluminum, wood, and steel. The revenue from recycling those materials is being used to outfit the factory with new equipment. Some of the reclaimed wood will be repurposed as flooring for the reception area at Fisker’s California headquarters.
The first job openings will be posted this weekend, and Fisker expects to hire more employees as work on Project Nina continues.