Kokomo Adds New First to Its List of Firsts

STAR+PLUS is the name of the program that offers long-term services and support to eligible adults. It helps people with disabilities or who are age 65 or older and get Medicaid health care and long-term services through a managed care plan that they choose. A STAR+PLUS service coordinator works with members, their family and other providers to help plan and coordinate the services they need.

KOKOMO, Ind. – The city of Kokomo is known as “the City of Firsts,” and now it can add another first to its list: the state’s first electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant. The 2.4 million square foot facility will be constructed on the city’s northeast side by a joint venture between Stellantis and Samsung SDI. It is expected to open in 2025.

The new company, called Star Plus Energy, will be hiring 1,400 workers to staff the plant. Most of the jobs will be filled by Indiana residents, but the project will also bring a number of South Korean citizens to Howard County. To ensure the workforce is well-prepared, IU Bloomington will work with IU Kokomo to offer resources for employees. This includes offering classes in the Korean language and educating locals on everyday Korean culture.

One of the biggest differences is how Koreans go home after a workday. Americans typically clock out and head home, but Koreans often spend time with coworkers getting dinner or drinks. This is one of the reasons why Kim says it’s so important to educate community members on Korea and its cultural differences.



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