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It’s Electric! Tesla Gigafactory Officially Opens

Jul 26, 2016
Julia Ritchey

Electric car maker Tesla officially opened its Gigafactory near Reno.

The massive factory is only about 15 percent complete, and when it’s finished will stretch more than 10 million square feet. That’s about the size of 260 pro football fields, making it one of the largest buildings in the world.

Tesla Defends Local Hiring Amid Lingering Protests

Mar 21, 2016
Julia Ritchey

Tesla says it is meeting its quota for hiring Nevadans, despite lingering protests outside their factory. 

During a tour for local media last week, a Tesla spokesman says they are not yet at full capacity, but are meeting their headcount for hiring locals at the plant.

Several dozen employees roamed about their massive production warehouse, which also houses temporary office space.

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Tesla co-founder and Chief Technical Officer JB Straubel addressed security concerns at the company's gigafactory site outside of Reno after a trespassing incident late last week. 

Speaking at a lecture at the University of Nevada, Reno, on Sunday, Straubel said drones, small planes and even photographers with zoom lenses have been spotted around the area where they are building a $5 billion battery manufacturing plant. 

Tesla Exec Announces Internship For Nevada Gigafactory

Oct 11, 2015
Julia Ritchey

  A top Tesla executive stopped by the University of Nevada, Reno, Sunday to talk about the future of transportation and battery technology. As Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports, the company is ramping up construction at its new gigafactory in northern Nevada.

Tesla's co-founder and Chief Technical Officer J.B. Straubel says the first employees will begin work at its gigafactory outside of Reno in just a few weeks.

"Construction here has moved extremely fast; it's part of why we wanted to be in Nevada in the first place," he says.

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Earlier this year, Tesla Motors chose Northern Nevada for its battery factory in exchange for a huge incentives package. It's a bounty for communities there that, until recently, have seen years of slow economic recovery. Will Stone of Reno Public Radio reported for NPR's Morning Edition on the impact of this factory.

When Lance Gilman talks Tesla, it can feel like a return to the days of the Gold Rush, silver mining and pioneers.

"The new Comstock Lode is sitting right in front of us right now. There is going to be tremendous financial growth."

Acccording to a recent study, Nevada doesn’t have enough skilled workers to fill high-tech jobs, like the ones Tesla Motors will need for its gigafactory.  

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he’s not getting his hopes up about Tesla Motors setting up its multi-billion dollar gigafactory in northern Nevada.  

While he’d love to see the electric car marker end up here, Reid says the Silver State may have a tough time outcompeting places with deep pockets like Texas and California.

“This has been held out here kind of like a carrot on a stick for a long time.”