Panasonic builds out battery campus & HQ in Reno

Panasonic Energy of North America (PENA) plans to expand in Northern Nevada with a new campus in Reno that should open in spring this year.

In Panasonic’s existing building in Reno, almost 100 thousand square feet (30,480 square metres) is being renovated to become PENA’s division headquarters. The company says this will feature “state-of-the-art” engineering labs, employee recruitment and training facilities among other functions.

Panasonic famously produces lithium-ion batteries at the Tesla plant in Sparks, Nevada. While operations at Tesla’s Gigafactory 1 will continue, PENA says it plans to take advantage of the Reno location to expand local engineering capacity which will also require talent acquisition and upskilling. The company hopes this will further propel its position in the electric vehicle market.

“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.”


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