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What Tesla's Move to Texas Means for the Manufacturing Industry

The move means an imminent surge in manufacturing employment in Austin as the new Tesla production facility gets up and running.
November 9, 2021

In a move, not all that surprising considering his personal relocation to Texas after two decades of living in California, Tesla founder Elon Musk has announced he is moving his company headquarters from The Golden State to The Lone Star State. As his new home state — and where his aerospace company SpaceX launched into orbit — the move capitalizes on Texas’ Economic Development Act, which offers tax breaks as an incentive for building new facilities in the state.


Austin, which Tesla now calls home, has long been a top destination for tech employers considering Texas Tech University. However, the state’s push to draw new facilities and provide financial incentives to settle there means Austin is now on the radar for the manufacturing industry as well.


The move means an imminent surge in manufacturing employment in Austin as the new Tesla production facility gets up and running. Tesla’s next “Gigafactory,” named the Austin Green development, will primarily manufacture the Cybertruck and battery cells and is estimated to eventually employ thousands near the Austin airport. By comparison, the company’s Fremont, CA car plant currently employs approximately 10,000 workers. While manufacturing jobs at the Tesla plant in California are secure, with production estimated to increase by 50 percent, those who have their eye on a job at the new Texas location will enjoy the state’s lower taxes, lower cost of living, and more affordable housing.


The company is already gearing up its manufacturing workforce for the new Gigafactory location, with its Careers webpage packed with opportunities in Austin — including casting operations leader, quality operations leader, stamping operations leader, senior engineers, general assembly, quality engineers, controls engineers, instructional designers, piping designers, metrology technicians, CAD technicians, tool & die specialists, and much more. While the facility is still under construction, the company is shifting from hiring contractors and construction workers to vetting manufacturing workers to begin production in the coming months.


Tesla describes its manufacturing workforce as making “meaningful contributions” to its products in a demanding, fast-paced, exciting work environment. In its job descriptions, the company promises that superior work is rewarded, that employees will push their limits, and that workers are part of “talented teams turning unbelievable into reality.”