(Tunica County, MS) Chinese car company Greentech promised it would bring lots of jobs making hybrid and electric cars to Tunica back in 2009.
In 2013, bulldozers are just now moving dirt on the site of the proposed factory.
‘They’ve just been very elusive and we’ve all kind of kept an eye on ’em, but not a whole lot is going on,” said Tunica Times editor Meg Coker, who has heard the rumors and reports about the company not making cars, but hasn’t been able to prove much.
Now the political group ‘Citizens United’ has produced a documentary that supports concerns WREG reported last February, that the company’s temporary plant in Horn Lake doesn’t make cars, and never really has.
“We came to work three or four months straight, doing nothing but sweeping the floor or painting,” said one employee interviewed in the documentary.
The film, titled ‘Fast Terry,’ profiles Virginia Gubenatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, who until recently was head of Greentech.
In the film, Citizen’s United says all McCaulife has done is collect money.
Greentech has a $3 million loan from the Mississippi Development Authority to be paid back over ten years.
But those payments don’t have to start until six months after the first car rolls off the assembly line in the still-to-be-built Tunica plant.
‘Fast Terry’ repeatedly stresses Greentech hasn’t made any cars.
“For the most part, just act like we were busy. They weren’t making…they had a prototype area in the back they were tinkering with, but the employees, we just acted like we were busy.”
Greentech hired through the WIN Job Center.
But Coker says few job seekers received offers.
“Everybody was going there to get a job there and they didn’t make it past the first round of interviews.”
Two different Greentech contacts said they would set up an interview for us on the plant and its future. We’re still waiting to hear back from them.