Dee Zee to Manufacture BrightDrop eLCV Components
Des Moines, IA, September 13th, 2022 – With a growing electric vehicle (EV) market, Dee Zee is excited to announce they will be manufacturing structural and exterior components for the BrightDrop Zevo 600 and Zevo. Dee Zee has been a manufacturer of truck accessories in Des Moines, IA since 1977.
“Dee Zee is proud to be a Tier 1 supplier to GM on the new BrightDrop electric vehicle,” said Director of OEM Sales Matt Guerdet. “Dee Zee will use our highly skilled employees, expertise in aluminum fabrication, and high-tech manufacturing techniques to provide industry leading quality parts for this new product line.”
The Zevo 600 and Zevo 400 will be assembled by General Motors at their CAMI Assembly Plant in Ingersol, Ontario. They are the first 100% electric delivery vans. FedEx and Walmart will be the first companies to implement this game changing EV platform for their delivery services as they strive to become carbon-neutral. Learn more about the BrightDrop platform at gobrightdrop.com.
“The BrightDrop EV600 is the fastest-developed vehicle in General Motors' history, going from concept to commercialization in just 20 months,” said OEM Account Manager Jason Schott. “We take pride in contributing to General Motors’ vision for the future of zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion, and the BrightDrop EV600 is a significant step in that direction.”
The new program will add 52 skilled manufacturing jobs in Q1 of 2023 and an additional 105 jobs by Q3 2023. Dee Zee is constructing a new 47,000 sq. ft. production facility in Pleasant Hill, IA and dedicating another 80,000 sq. ft. of existing space to manufacture the components.
“Dee Zee is a diverse and inclusive company that is always looking for dedicated employees to join our team,” Guerdet said. “With the new BrightDrop program launching, we are searching for more skilled employees to join our team.”
The BrightDrop Zevo will offer the first all-electric delivery van
- The new platform will create ~150 jobs by the end of 2023 in Central Iowa
- Dee Zee has made CapEx investments for equipment and a new manufacturing location
- The 47,000 sq. ft. addition to their Pleasant Hill campus is dedicated to BrightDrop production
- FedEx and Walmart will be the first to add BrightDrop Zev’s to their fleet
About Dee Zee
Dee Zee is a generational family business, diverse, innovative, and focuses on American made products.
For more information on Dee Zee, please visit deezeeoem.com, deezee.com, or careers.deezee.com.