electricmotorscorpgulfstreaElectric Motors Corp. will host Ball State University’s “Green Summit” at its new headquarters in Wakarusa, Ind., on Thursday.

The free, all-day event will feature speakers and green vendors from around the country, giving visitors a chance to see first-hand how Elkhart County is rapidly becoming the center of the electric vehicle (EV) industry, according to a news release.

EMC CEO Wil Cashen will be the keynote speaker, who will discuss, “Why green jobs are possible in Elkhart County.” Under his leadership, EMC is bringing new EV technology to market, and focusing attention on Elkhart County as a center of innovation, green job creation, and environmentally-friendly technology.

EMC and Gulf Stream Coach Inc. in Nappanee, Ind., announced in May an electric vehicle production partnership, potentially creating more than 1,600 jobs by 2012.

EMC’s new facilities in the former DeMartini RV dealership building will serve as the company’s new Indiana headquarters, as well as a showroom for EV technology from around the world. By locating their headquarters in this strategically-located facility, EMC is leading the way in the creation of an EV industrial park that will firmly establish northern Indiana as the world’s leader in EV technology, the company maintains. 

“This new facility represents another big step in applying our patent-pending EV technology to the motor home, truck, and bus industry right here in Elkhart County,” said Cashen. “We’re very pleased to be hosting the Green Summit at our new office and showroom this month, and demonstrating to Elkhart County and the world that green technology and EV products are affordable and readily available, and represent the cornerstone of a whole new industrial base for northern Indiana.”