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Tesla Reopens Gigafactory Nevada After Fremont Resumed Production

by Eva Fox May 13, 2020

Tesla Reopens Gigafactory Nevada After Fremont Resumed Production

According to an internal email, Tesla is fully opening Giga Nevada, where it produces parts for Model 3, batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage products.

On May 7th, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced the first phase of his state’s plan to allow many businesses to reopen, therefore, Tesla will begin a full reopening.

The company resumed production at its Fremont factory last weekend. This actions have been taken since California Governor Gavin Newsom said manufacturers could open. Despite the fact that Alameda County did not allow the opening of a factory, the company's CEO Elon Musk reopened it, since Tesla remained the only automaker in the U.S. who was forbidden to do so. Moreover, the company's actions were supported by the U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and the President of the U.S. Donald Trump.

On Monday, Mr. Musk announced on Twitter that the Fremont factory is back to work. Shortly after the announcement, according to The Verge, Tesla’s North American HR boss Valerie Workman, sent an email to workers at the Nevada factory, entitled “Furlough Has Ended And We Are Back To Work in Production!”

“We’re happy to get you back to work and have implemented very detailed plans to help keep you safe as you return.”

Source: Tesla

The letter described the plan according to which work will be carried out in the factory. All factory employees will be equipped with personal protective equipment. Tesla also increases the number of shuttles going to the Gigafactory, which is located about 25 miles east of Reno, Nevada, and reduces their individual capacity.

Within 24 hours, the manager or representative of Tesla had to contact the employees to clarify all the details and the timing of returning to work. Any employees can stay home if they do not feel comfortable coming to work. But as vacation ends, Workman explained that workers may no longer be eligible for unemployment benefits they were receiving during the shutdown.

The U.S. was able to take control of the spread of Covid-19 and, although new cases of the disease are still being recorded, medical facilities are better equipped to deal with it. Now is the time to pay attention to an economy that has been hit hard by the impact of the pandemic. The country's unemployment rate is incredibly high and people are left without a livelihood. That is why the time has come for a gradual recovery.

Featured image: Uptin Saiidi / CNBC




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