Manteno to Decide on Gotion’s EV Battery Plant Amid Public Concerns

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Manteno, Illinois – The Manteno Planning Commission is poised to make a crucial decision on Monday night regarding the proposed rezoning of a property for Gotion Inc.’s EV battery plant. 

The rezoning application, identified as Planning Commission Recommendation 23-03, involves the transformation of 333 South Spruce Street from light to heavy industrial zoning. This site, currently under the ownership of Transform Manteno IL LLC, could become a pivotal location for Gotion’s operations, which include not only the manufacturing of EV batteries but also storage systems for solar farms.

According to Wirepoints, public opinion surveys by Cor Strategies show a significant opposition to this development. Statewide, the opposition stands at 53%, with Kankakee County showing even stronger resistance at 59%. Concerns cited include Gotion’s reported links to the Chinese Communist Party, environmental issues, and the use of substantial government subsidies.

Monday’s meeting, a continuation of a session that previously drew over 400 attendees lasting five hours, is critical. The Planning Commission’s decision will directly influence the Manteno Village Board’s vote scheduled for December 4. Adding to the project’s significance is the expected average annual salary of $55,000 for Gotion workers, highlighting the economic impact of the proposed plant.

The meeting’s outcome will shape the future industrial landscape of Manteno and could potentially position Illinois as a key player in the electric vehicle manufacturing industry.

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