Panasonic planning new Reno campus on Plumb Lane

Allan Swan began his role as President of Panasonic Energy of North America in September 2018.

Allan Swan began his role as President of Panasonic Energy of North America in September 2018.

Panasonic Energy of North America (PENA) recently announced plans to expand its footprint in Northern Nevada with a new Reno campus anticipated to open spring 2022.

The company will move into the existing 94,483-square-foot office building at 645 E. Plumb Lane that’s managed by Industrial Realty Group, LLC.

According to a Dec. 22 press release, the building formerly occupied by Nevada Bell is being renovated to become PENA’s division headquarters and “will feature state-of the-art engineering labs, employee recruitment and training facilities, and other support functions.”

"Our new facility in Reno underscores our commitment to evolving and growing to stay at the forefront of the mobility market," Allan Swan, president of PENA, said in a statement. "Investing in innovation and workforce initiatives in the local community supports our mission of creating a future powered by sustainable energy."

PENA first entered the Northern Nevada market in 2016 with the opening of the Tesla Gigafactory 1 in Storey County, where it will continue to produce lithium-ion batteries.

“PENA intends to take advantage of the (new) Reno location to expand local engineering capacity and talent acquisition and upskilling, further propelling its position in the electric vehicle market,” according to the Dec. 22 release.

“Panasonic has been a phenomenal member of the community and I’m thrilled they continue to drive growth in the area,” Reno City Council member Oscar Delgado said in a statement. “I share Panasonic’s commitment to contributing to society and look forward to partnering with Panasonic in the years to come to make a positive impact in Reno.”

“We had an excellent experience working alongside the PENA team and their brokers, Brian Armon and Tony Machabee,” added Stuart Lichter, President of Industrial Realty Group, LLC, in a statement. “We are thrilled to reactivate the property and bring jobs and activity back to the site.”


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