Sunflower Redevelopment

Sunflower SiteOn July 13th, 2022, Governor Laura Kelly announced that De Soto, Kansas, will be home to one of the world’s largest state-of-the-art electric vehicle (EV) battery facilities.

The Panasonic Energy Co. plans to develop this project which is expected to drive significant economic activity and opportunities for the local economy and could create up to 4,000 new jobs and result in an investment of approximately $4 billion.

History

The Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant was built in 1941 and was in active use during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. The site is being remediated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  

In 2005, the U.S. Army transferred the former plant site to the Sunflower Redevelopment Group (SRL); 

In 2022, the De Soto City Council unanimously voted to annex approximately 6,375* acres of land (almost 10 square miles), including a 6,000-acre portion of the 9,000-acre property formerly known as the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant. 

Prior to the annexation, De Soto was approximately 7,400 acres; the new land brings the total acreage to around 13,775. 

Frequently Asked Questions

This Sunflower Redevelopment FAQ section is the go-to place where we are sharing all the answers... to the questions we are able to answer, that is! 

There are many organizations, businesses, and levels of government all collaborating to ensure this project, and any future project, is properly incorporated into De Soto and the region, as well as be beneficial for the community. That said, there will be answers we are unable to provide because, ultimately, it's not our information to share. 

Our promise to De Soto is that once information is shareable, you'll find it here. If you think we missed a topic, drop it in the 'Ask a Question' box below; we might've just not covered it yet!

  1. Panasonic
  2. Impact
  3. Environmental
  4. Financial
  5. Other

What did the Governor announce?

In mid-July of 2022, Governor Laura Kelly announced that De Soto, Kansas, will be home to one of the world’s largest state-of-the-art electric vehicle (EV) battery facilities, built by Panasonic Energy Co. The project is expected to drive significant economic activity and opportunities for the local economy and could create up to 4,000 new jobs and result in an investment of approximately $4 billion.

This is all pending approval by Panasonic Holdings Corporation Board of Directors.

What will the factory manufacture?

Panasonic Energy plans to expand its production of EV batteries, as the automotive industry shifts to more sustainable electric technologies. This planned state-of-the-art facility will create and supply lithium-ion batteries and accelerate the future of electric vehicle innovation on a global scale.

What type of jobs will be created?

Panasonic will bring thousands of good-paying, high-quality jobs to our state which will be a massive economic benefit for local businesses and our communities for decades to come. This aligns with the goal of making Kansas a destination for industry, defense, education, science, technology, engineering, and innovation.

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