SHREVEPORT, La., July 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Elio Motors (OTC-QX: ELIO) announced that it has named Doug Frick as plant manager for its Shreveport production facility. The manufacturing assembly plant is the former General Motors Shreveport Assembly and Stamping Plant in Caddo Parish, which previously built mid-size pickups and Hummer sport utility vehicles.
Frick recently led a virtual tour of Elio Motors' Shreveport manufacturing facility to show how the production line will be organized. It is available here.
Frick, who is Elio Motors' first plant manager, is a 20-year industry veteran who previously worked for General Motors at the Shreveport production facility. He was an industrial engineering supervisor and manager for General Motors at the site from 2000 to 2012. Most recently, he was working at the facility as a project manager for Elio Motors through Hunt, Guillot and Associates. Frick is responsible for Elio Motors' production startup at the plant for its three-wheeled Elio vehicle, which will have a targeted base price of $6,800 and is engineered to attain a highway mileage rating of up to 84 mpg. Frick will oversee site development and production line installation, facility management and staff hiring as production draws closer.
"We're building an experienced manufacturing team to assemble our Elio vehicles here in Shreveport, and we're honored to have Doug as our Plant Manager and unofficial team captain," said Paul Elio, founder and CEO of Elio Motors. "Doug's knowledge of the plant, the local workforce and the ArkLaTex area will be crucial to the successful configuration, staffing and startup of this critical manufacturing facility."
Prior to joining Elio Motors and his work at the General Motors Shreveport Assembly and Stamping Plant, Frick worked on the C5 Chevrolet Corvette launch and at GM's Bowling Green Kentucky Assembly plant from 1994 to 2000. Prior to that, he served as a Space Station assembly operations and human factors engineer from 1990 to 1994 with McDonnell Douglas Space Systems in Houston, Tex.
Frick earned both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University, located in College Station, Tex. He is a resident of Bossier City in the Shreveport area.
About Elio Motors
Founded by car enthusiast Paul Elio in 2008, Elio Motors Inc. represents a revolutionary approach to manufacturing an ultra-high-mileage vehicle. The three-wheeled Elio is engineered to attain a highway mileage rating of up to 84 mpg while providing the comfort of amenities such as power windows, power door lock and air conditioning accompanied by the safety of multiple air bags and an aerodynamic, enclosed vehicle body. Elio's first manufacturing site will be in Shreveport, La.
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