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Biden touts energy ‘revolution’

Midland, Mich. (AP) — Ground was broken Monday on an advanced battery manufacturing facility expected to create hundreds of jobs and, according to Vice President Joe Biden, boost a U.S. energy production “revolution.”

Biden was on hand for the ceremony in Midland, where the Dow Kokam plant will be built.

When completed in several years, the facility will make lithium-ion battery packs for tens of thousands of hybrid and electric vehicles annually and provide 700 to 800 “green-collar jobs.”

The $600 million project also will create hundreds of additional jobs for construction workers.

Biden met about a dozen construction workers at the site, shaking their hands and saying, “Hey, guys. How are ya? I’m Joe Biden.”

The vice president told reporters he believed the plant represented “the beginning of a revolution in the production of energy in this country.”

Dow Kokam, a joint venture between Dow Chemical Co. and TK Advanced Battery LLC, was given a $161 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to be put toward the construction of the 800,000-square-foot plant.

The state of Michigan also kicked in $180 million in tax incentives.

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