Ask the Best and Brightest: What's Happening in Louisiana?

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

Automotive News [sub] reports that a 1,400 employee auto assembly operation is moving into the former Guide Corp. plant in Monroe, LA. No word on the identity of the new tenant. Until tomorrow, anyway. So how’s about a little game of “tomorrow’s headlines today?” Here’s some grist for the mill. Financing for the deal comes courtesy of Silicon Valley venture capitalists Ray Lane and John Doerr of Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers. According to, Kleiner Perkins has over $65 million invested in Fisker. Too bad, then, that Fisker has a contract with Finnland’s Valmet. KPC&B has also invested in Th!nk—leading Autoblog‘s Sam Abuelsamid to the conclusion that the Louisiana plant will build Norwegian city EVs. Want a real dark horse? How about the mythical $35 million bid for Chrysler’s Viper business in which investors were reportedly meeting with Louisiana officials? We shall see . . . .

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