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USA: Brammo Inc. plans move to Talent Walmart site

TALENT — Electric vehicle maker Brammo Inc.’s purchase of the Walmart building here could bring another 130 jobs to the local economy over the next 18 to 24 months, founder and Chief Executive Officer Craig Bramscher said.

Brammo’s plans to purchase the 90,000-square-foot structure was announced by Walmart Friday. Retail operations at the store will end in August when the new Supercenter opens in south Medford.

“We’ll probably be doing more final production and assembly here for the North American market,” said Bramscher. “We’ll build the Empulse (motorcycle) here for the U.S.”

Research and development capabilities also will be expanded with the new building, Bramscher said. Presently the firm has 65 employees working in three leased buildings in Ashland.

“We will be able to consolidate all of them in one building and we will be able to expand the scope of what we are doing in the valley,” said Bramscher. “It will give us the opportunity to expand really quickly if the market supports it.”

Demand for drive trains and batteries the firm produces has been increasing, and they will be assembled in Talent as well, said Bramscher. A small retail space will be incorporated into the design.

Confidentially agreements do not allow disclosure of the sale price, said Bramscher.

Brammo will retain one of three lots it has purchased in Ashland and probably sell the others, he said. Plans to build a pair of two-story buildings on Jefferson Avenue in Ashland will be put on hold, though the company may build a test dirt track there as originally planned, Bramscher said.
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