Tesla’s Gigafactory New York, which produces the Solar Roof and Supercharger components, has received an extension to meet its employment goals.
Granted by state development officials, the extension would provide Tesla with more time to meet its promise to bring 1,460 jobs to the sprawling facility located in South Buffalo, NY.
The state had already granted Tesla a one-year extension for Gigafactory New York’s employment targets last year due to the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. This extension is poised to end in April, but state development officials opted to provide Tesla with another extension that moves the deadline to the end of December.
It should be noted Tesla’s extension is not unique to the electric car maker. As pointed out by Empire State Development, the new deadline is part of a leniency initiative that applies to all companies facing job creation deadlines in the state.
“The economic upheaval and uncertainty caused by the global pandemic continues to have negative effects on businesses and the economy, both worldwide and within New York," Empire State Development noted. "As a result, Empire State Development will extend the opportunity for business relief through the end of 2021 for any qualifying ESD partners who continue to demonstrate COVID-19 related economic hardship, including Tesla.”
Tesla announced in February 2020 its workforce in Buffalo was already over the 1,500-employee mark, including contract workers. However, the plant closed temporarily during the lockdowns, the aftermath of which still seems notable for the EV maker today.
The company outlined this in its Form 10-Q, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 28.
“As we temporarily suspended most of our manufacturing operations at Gigafactory New York pursuant to a New York State executive order issued in March 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were granted...