Car battery plant expected in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. _ A consortium of more than 50 companies wants to build an advanced car battery manufacturing plant in Kentucky that would cost more than $600 million and employ as many as 2,000 people.

Kentucky taxpayers would invest about $200 million in the plant and surrounding area, Gov. Steve Beshear said. He predicted that the proposed Hardin County plant would affect Kentucky's economy much the same way Toyota's arrival in Georgetown did more than two decades ago.

Toyota has 7,000 full-time workers at its Georgetown plant, employs about 1,300 at the Northern Kentucky headquarters for its North American manufacturing operations and has helped lure dozens of auto parts suppliers to the state.

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