Monday, September 17, 2012
The company originally planned to get a government grant, but circumstances have changed--it's now shooting for private investors, despite the opinions of critics.
Though it went against the company’s original plan, Emerald Automotive said in August that it withdrew its application for a controversial Department of Energy loan program, but that it’s still on track financially to build its Hazelwood factory, according to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “No one ever said that loan program was very quick, and we have several interested parties who want to move ahead,” Gary Marble, Emerald's communications director, told the Post-Dispatch. “Interest from the investor community has been really good. Some of it is time-sensitive.” Andy Tempest, Emerald’s CEO, said last week that he’s getting closer to deals with some big European fleet customers and that the company should be able to break …
Friday, September 14, 2012
Patch offers details on the van, the company and how you can apply for a job in the manufacturing facility that's due to open in Hazelwood in 2014.
Hazelwood was the stage for the debut of the very first Emerald Automotive van to hit the road in the United States. One of two prototype test fans, the t-001 was unveiled during a special ceremony that was held Tuesday for local dignitaries and business leaders. The debut was held at the Knobbe House in the Brookes Park in Hazelwood, where Emerald’s liaison office is located. Several guest speakers helped to commemorate the event, including Thomas R. Voss, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Ameren Missouri, Jason Hall, Deputy Director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Mayor Matthew Robinson of Hazelwood, and Emerald CEO Andy Tempest. After the initial unveiling, guests were invited to take a first-hand look at …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Jim McKelvey, a Washington University graduate, will serve Emerald as a non-executive board member and help the company with their initial production of the t-001.
A St. Louis native has been appointed to the board of directors for Emerald Automotive. Jim McKelvey, a Washington University graduate, will serve as a non-executive board member for the company, which last year announced plans to build a delivery van plant in Hazelwood. He brings experience in growing small tech companies, and connections to Silcon Valley venture capital that may help Emerald find funding for its $160 million plant. McKelvey is a serial entrepreneur known for starting up many businesses, including being a co-founder of mobile payment service Square Inc., Mira Digital Publishing and Third Degree Glass Factory. Emerald Automotive is a low-emissions, extended range electric commercial van company. The company's t-001 is an …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Hazelwood-based Emerald Automotive is a British startup that plans to build a $175 million plant in Hazelwood to make hybrid delivery vans beginning in 2014.
Emerald Automotive, the low emission van company that recently made the City of Hazelwood its US headquarters has unveiled a first look at its hybrid delivery vehicle fleet: the demonstrator t-001, which has a range of more than 450 miles with no compromise on performance and payload. The company released the first photographs of its demonstrator vehicles, currently being tested at Millbrook Proving Ground in the United Kingdom on Monday. “I am delighted to see the vehicles in action, being put through their paces as part of the van development program,” said Emerald Automotive CEO Andy Tempest. “Full credit must be given to our engineering team and technical partners who have worked tirelessly over the past 18 months to meet all our …
Monday, February 20, 2012
The hybrid automotive maker has hired the Chief Financial Officer of Intelligent Energy Holdings as its CFO.
Emerald Automotive, the low emission van company that recently made the City of Hazelwood its US headquarters recently announced the full-time appointment of Rian Urding as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). “Rian has been involved with Emerald from the very start and has been instrumental in its development and growth," said Emerald Automotive CEO Andy Tempest in a statement. "I am absolutely delighted that he has agreed to join the Emerald Board on a permanent basis and serve as our full-time CFO.” Emerald Automotive will bring to market an all new, light weight, low emission delivery vehicle planned for global distribution. Rian will join the Emerald Automotive management team, which has a wealth of experience in bringing low-volume …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
After selecting Hazelwood last July as the site of its assembly and office facilities for hybrid electric vans, Emerald Automotive announced Tuesday several progress updates as it continues to work toward rolling out the first production of its models.
It appears the City of Hazelwood may be getting closer to housing another automotive manufacturing plant as Emerald Automotive progresses in its plan to build a $175 million plant in Hazelwood to make hybrid delivery vans. Tuesday, the company released a state-of-the-company report as to what its plans for 2012 include, as well as testing currently in the works on two prototypes of its t-001 vehicles in the United Kingdom. “2012 will be a pivotal year for Emerald Automotive as we build toward production in 2014,” said Andy Tempest, CEO of Emerald Automotive in the statement. “Our team has completed the first two t-001 demonstrator vehicles, which are now undergoing full testing at a world renowned vehicle test center and proving ground. "…
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
The company just launched a website that includes 11 job postings and signed a lease at a historic Hazelwood location to serve as initial housing.
For those who have been awaiting some word related to the July announcement that a new hybrid vehicle manufacturer would be bringing a significant amount of jobs to Hazelwood, the wait is over. Well, kind of. The first initial 11 jobs have appeared on a newly launched website for Emerald Automotive, the British automaker who has made the City of Hazelwood its North American base. “After months of secrecy about the t-001, we are delighted to launch a comprehensive website that details all of the product attributes, technical details, the team, and, most importantly, the first job opportunities,” said Andy Tempest, CEO of Emerald Automotive in a statement. “This is just the beginning of the very exciting journey we have started. "Through the…
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Calamities abound in this week's "Comments from Patchland." Plus, we revisit the ever-popular issues of smoking in public.
Sometimes you just can't make this stuff up. A kid gets locked accidentally in a gun vault, and all anyone can talk about is whether the parents were negligent? Plus, the sound of lightning striking and a few opinions about a new automaker coming to the region. Got comments of your own? We hope you'll click a link and add your 2 cents. That's one opinion, we suppose The Debt Ceiling Deal and Who Holds the Cards "If everyone you talk to agrees with Sarah Palin, you need to expand the size of your sample." — Robert Usher, Fenton-High Ridge Patch The kid was fine, by the way Wentzville Firefighters Extricate Child from Gun Safe "What a fine use of tax dollars. I believe next time a horribly irresponsible incident like this is reported, the …
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
This week's talk of the town includes a bankruptcy, an FDA approval for a Hazelwood-based pharmaceutical company and Hazelwood School District students doing positive things.
Although Hazelwood Patch strives to be the news and information gatherer in the area, we can’t always get to each and every story. Therefore, we’re delivering headlines and stories from other media outlets that have been talking about the City of Hazelwood. You will quickly realize that Hazelwood's depth extends globally as it's residents and working community make headlines everywhere. The latest headlines are below: The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that a wrongful death suit has been filed in a Berkeley drunk driving case. According to the report, the mother of a boy whose father was killed in the crash filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the accused drunk driver. That driver, 33-year-old Alfredo Olvera-Ramirez of the 200 block of…
Friday, July 29, 2011
The July 29 PatchCast--the last one of the month--includes varied news headlines from across St. Louis and St. Charles counties. Check it out and tell us what piece of news you enjoyed reading this week, even if it isn't on the list.
July 29 PatchCast headlines for St. Louis and St. Charles counties: