DECATUR – State Senator Doris Turner joined state and local officials and leaders at a press conference Wednesday to break ground on TCCI’s new Electric Vehicle Innovation Hub in Decatur.

“By investing in TCCI’s Innovation Hub, we are investing in our community, boosting our local economy and bringing jobs to Decatur,” said Turner (D-Springfield). “Central Illinois will be a leader in the industry by expanding EV manufacturing and working with Richland Community College to prepare students for the workforce. This is a huge win for our community.”

Over $21 million was invested to build the first-of-its kind Climatic Center for Innovation and Research and the EV + Energy Workforce Training Academy through the Reimagining Energy and Vehicles in Illinois incentive package that supports the manufacturing facility expansion.

TCCI’s state-of-the-art electric compressor line located in Decatur will produce the largest range of capacity and voltage of any compressor manufacturer in the EV automotive market. By manufacturing electric compressors locally, TCCI is supporting the growth of electrification while creating high-wage, skilled jobs that fuel economic development in the local community.

The EV + Energy Workforce Training Academy will develop a skilled workforce by preparing students to join the industry. Through the program, Richland Community College will have three classrooms located within the TCCI manufacturing facility for an immersive hands-on learning experience.

“The EV Innovation Hub will be a catalyst for economic development for Central Illinois and the state of Illinois,” said City of Decatur Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe. “This tremendous example of collaboration between public and private partners positions the state as a leader in one of the most exciting growth industries, boosting our local economy, creating jobs, and ensuring all generations are prepared for in-demand careers.”

Production is set to begin by the end of 2024, making it one of the first such production facilities in the country.