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1HomePageMap small sw 0816Local news stories affecting the auto body industry in Arizona, Utah, Arkansas, ColoradoTexas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Louisiana

If everything goes as planned and if work on the site progresses at a similar pace as Gigafactory Shanghai and Giga Berlin, Tesla’s upcoming Austin factory could start producing Cybertrucks by the end of next year.

Navistar International Corporation, a leading maker of International® brand commercial trucks, proprietary diesel engines and IC Bus® brand school and commercial buses, joined the City of San Antonio, Bexar County and the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation (SAEDF) in a virtual groundbreaking ceremony June 25 to celebrate construction of Navistar's new industry-leading manufacturing facility in San Antonio.

Tesla has selected Texas as the location for its next U.S. factory. The factory will be the company’s second in North America, located about 15 minutes from downtown Austin, near the Colorado River.

The Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT) recently announced the cancellation of its 2020 Texas Auto Body Trade Show, as a result of travel restrictions and general unease related to COVID-19.

Louisiana’s $275 million grant program to reimburse small businesses for COVID-19-related expenses likely will run out of money before it runs out of applicants, State Treasurer John Schroder said July 14.

The site of Tesla’s Cybertruck Gigafactory has not been finalized yet, though reports suggest there are now only two cities under consideration: Austin, TX, and Tulsa, OK.