PRYOR, OK—Los Angeles-based electric vehicle company Canoo announced last week that it will build its U.S. manufacturing plant here, a facility expected to employ 2,000 people. The company plans to build its factory on a 400-acre campus at the MidAmerica Industrial Park near Tulsa. It will include a paint and body shop, along with a general assembly plant, and is targeted to open in 2023.

"This partnership with Canoo shows that our state is an innovation leader in electric vehicle technology,” says Governor Kevin Stitt. “We are thrilled to partner with Canoo and Chairman and CEO Tony Aquila to provide high-paying jobs for Oklahomans.”

Aquila cited Oklahoma's strategic location and business-friendly policies as reasons Oklahoma was selected.

Tulsa was in the running last year for a Tesla electric vehicle manufacturing facility that ultimately went to Austin, TX.