MOSES LAKE -- SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers, a joint venture with German automaker BMW, plans to invest $100 million to add two new production lines at its Moses Lake plant, according to a press release from the state Department of Commerce.
The high-strength, black carbon fibers produced at the Moses Lake plant are used in the manufacturing of BMW cars. The plant is being expanded to produce carbon fiber for the frames of BMW's new i3 electric car.
The raw material for carbon fiber is crude oil which is processed and heat treated to produce a strong, light material, according to the website. It's used in airplanes, wind turbines, racing yachts and cars.
The Moses Lake SGL plant began production of carbon fibers for BMW in May 2011 and added a second production line in August 2013, bringing its capacity to 3,000 tons per year, according to the company's website.
Partners in the project include Grant County Economic Development, the city of Moses Lake and the Port of Moses Lake.
The plant has 80 employees.