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Panasonic Deal Could Pave the Way for More Major Economic Investment in Kansas

Kansas Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland led the effort to bring a $4 billion Panasonic plant to Johnson County. (Photo: Jim McLean / Kansas News Service)

It's billed as the largest manufacturing plant in the world for electric car batteries. And it will soon be built near De Soto, in western Johnson County. Kansas beat out several other states competing for the $4 billion Panasonic facility. Kansas Lieutenant Governor David Toland, who doubles as the state’s commerce secretary, led the effort. Kansas Public Radio's Jim McLean spoke to Toland about what it took the close the deal and about what might be coming next. 

Jim McLean is the Statehouse Bureau Chief for Kansas Public Radio and the senior political correspondent for the Kansas News Service. Find him on Twitter @jmcleanks.

The Kansas News Service is a collaboration of Kansas Public Radio, KCUR, KMUW, and High Plains Public Radio. It reports on health, the many factors that influence it and their connection to public policy. Discover more stories at

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