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Tesla continues to actively build its factory in Austin, Texas. Local officials and companies are admiring the speed of construction. “We are excited to see Tesla moving at ‘The Speed of Elon’ and the tremendous progress already made at the site,” said Charisse Bodisch, the chamber's senior vice president of economic development, in a statement, Biz Journals reported.
“They’re going very fast. They started this summer with mining and they already are building pads in 60 days,” said Andy Linseisen, Austin's assistant director of development services. "This plant opens next year."
According to the documents that Tesla included in the “Travis County Colorado River Project Partner Pre-Qualification Presentation” the first substantial completion is scheduled for May 1, 2021.
Tesla Giga Texas Aims for Trial Cybertruck Production by May 1 2021, Target Date for "Substantial Completion"https://t.co/cZ9HWQUmHu— Tesmanian.com (@Tesmanian_com) September 10, 2020
Work on the site began even before Tesla CEO Elon Musk officially announced that the company's next Gigafactory would be built in Austin. Travis County Public Information Officer Hector Nieto said that was because Tesla inherited permits when it purchased the land earlier this summer.
Local real estate experts say Tesla's deadline is aggressive, and if the company does manage to open the project next year, it will be extremely impressive. “For a project of that size to be open by next year would be extremely impressive. It's fast,” said Sam Owen, vice president of Stream Realty Partners’ industrial division in Austin. “In comparison to traditional tilt-wall warehouse development, the timeline is impressive and very quick ... just a standard project would take that long.”
At the moment, Tesla continues to recruit employees who will help build Giga Texas. Job titles include site architect, electrical engineer, engineering manager, and senior construction project manager.
The Austin Chamber of Commerce is also trying to connect local contractors with the electric carmaker. Tesla requires all contractors and suppliers to prequalify, and the chamber has a program available on their website for local contractors who want to work on the Gigafactory.
“We are excited to see Tesla moving at ‘The Speed of Elon’ and the tremendous progress already made at the site,” said Charisse Bodisch, the chamber's senior vice president of economic development, in a statement. "The jobs being created during the construction and those when GigaTexas ramps up are at a time when our community needs them most."
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