Panasonic is expanding its operations near Tesla Giga Nevada with PENA's division headquarters nearby. The new building will also feature state-of-the-art engineering laboratories, employee recruitment and training, and other support functions.
Panasonic Energy of North America (PENA), a Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, announced in a press release on December 22—first spotted by InsideEVs—that it plans to expand in Northern Nevada with a new campus in Reno that is anticipated to open in spring 2022. The company reported that the 94,483 sq. ft. existing building at 645 East Plumb Lane managed by Industrial Realty Group, LLC in Reno, just 25 miles from Tesla Giga Nevada, is being renovated to become PENA's division headquarters and will feature state-of the-art engineering labs, employee recruitment and training facilities, and other support functions.
"Our new facility in Reno underscores our commitment to evolving and growing to stay at the forefront of the mobility market," said Allan Swan, president, PENA. "Investing in innovation and workforce initiatives in the local community supports our mission of creating a future powered by sustainable energy."
Panasonic is already producing 2170 cylindrical lithium-ion cells for Tesla at Giga Nevada and would now like to add a new campus in Reno. At the end of October, the company first demonstrated the 4680 cylindrical battery that Tesla unveiled in September 2020. The company's efforts are aimed at comprehensive development to meet the requirements of the rapidly growing electric vehicle market.
"Panasonic has been a phenomenal member of the community and I'm thrilled they continue to drive growth in the area," said Reno City Council member Oscar Delgado. "I share Panasonic's commitment to contributing to society and look forward to partnering with Panasonic in the years to come to make a positive impact in Reno."
"IRG is excited to welcome PENA to the property. We had an excellent experience working alongside the PENA team and their brokers, Brian Armon and Tony Machabee," said Stuart Lichter, President of IRG. "We are thrilled to reactivate the property and bring jobs and activity back to the site."
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