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COOLIDGE — Nikola Motor Company will break ground on a highly anticipated manufacturing plant in Coolidge on July 23, though there is still a process ahead before construction can begin.

CEO of parent company Nikola Corp. Trevor Milton made the announcement via Twitter early Friday morning. In his tweet, Milton said the company will hold a ceremony to kick off construction of the facility.

The plant is expected to create thousands of direct and indirect jobs within Pinal County and will build up to 35,000 hydrogen electric and electric semi-trucks.

The announcement came while many of Pinal County’s mayors were meeting during the virtual Mayors Update hosted by Pinal Partnership.

“We’re looking forward to it, as I’m sure a lot of people are,” Coolidge Mayor Jon Thompson told virtual meeting attendees not long after the announcement was made.

Thompson later told PinalCentral that he is eager to see the impact Nikola’s facility will have in Coolidge and surrounding communities, noting that city officials were most looking forward to witnessing the number of jobs the facility will create.

Nikola’s million-square-foot plant will be located at the southern tip of Coolidge, near Houser and Vail roads. The facility is expected to bring an estimated $1 billion in capital investment to the region and will create up to 2,000 jobs.

City Manager Rick Miller told PinalCentral that he was “tremendously excited” by the announcement.

“It’s been a day long awaited,” he said. “We can’t wait to celebrate with (Nikola) the groundbreaking.”

Miller noted that the July 23 event is likely to be ceremonial more than anything, as the city has not yet received site plans for the facility.

Given the announcement, however, he said that he anticipates a major site plan to be submitted in the near future, with the hopes that the city will be able to begin reviewing the plans by sometime in August.

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