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From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh

Simpson County, Kentucky, will be the site of an $84 million electric vehicle manufacturing plant.

Governor Steve Beshear says Integrity Automotive will hire four thousand workers over the next four years to build ZAP–or Zero Air Pollution–vehicles at the plant.

“These jobs we’re told will pay an average of more than 20-dollars an hour, not counting benefits. These are good, high paying jobs – the kind of jobs that have been so important to this state for many years and are even more important in this tough economic period,” Beshear said.

The state put up $48 million in tax incentives to help attract the facility to the Commonwealth.    The plant will be built on a 225-acre site in the Franklin Industrial Park.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation."