Published on May 26th, 2014 | by James Ayre


Tesla Motors Now California’s Biggest Auto-Industry Employer

May 26th, 2014 by  

inside tesla factoryTesla Motors is now the largest auto-industry employer in California — employing more than 6000 people within the state, with a further 500 jobs expected to be added to that figure before the end of 2014.

That’s an impressive feat considering how young the company is. And an even more impressive feat when you consider the fact that Toyota has substantial operations based in the state as well — employing around 5,300 people currently.

That number will drop considerably when Toyota makes its move to the state of Texas, though, taking most of those jobs with it. When that happens, Tesla won’t have much competition left — and will possess a clear and substantial lead on any other auto-industry employer in the state.

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It’s all part of Tesla’s rapid expansion, as it gears up for higher sales, more vehicles, greater battery production and expansion into China. It’s also beneficial for California itself, as high labor and energy costs and strict environmental guidelines are seeing some manufacturing industry companies — such as Toyota — jump to other states.

Industrial power rates in the state are 55% higher than the US average, said California Manufacturers & Technology Association spokesman Gino DiCaro. Workers are also paid more, and getting clearance to expand or open factories can be time-consuming and expensive. In recent decades, the state has concentrated more on technology, defense and aerospace, rather than car production — but Tesla is a good fit for California and has brought manufacturing back at its Fremont plant — previously co-owned by GM and Toyota.

Tesla’s workforce — which currently totals around 5,800 people worldwide — is sure to grow significantly in the next few years as several of the company’s expansion plans come to fruition (presumably). The most widely reported on would of course be the Gigafactory. Or is that “Gigafactories” — as in dozens or even hundreds of them?

The company shouldn’t have any trouble finding workers, though, given the flood of responses that they seem to be getting when they post job openings. Humorously (sort of anyways), the response to a recent job fair the company put on in Fremont was so great that the event actually had to be cancelled after just two hours — owing to huge turnout and resulting traffic jam.

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  • Wayne Williamson

    Interesting, Just wondering what 5000 of them are doing since the plant is mostly automated.

  • Meemz

    This is nice, but I’m confused how it can have 6000 working in California but only 5800 worldwide. The implication is that the worldwide number includes California. The way this was written distracted me from the focus of the good news.

    • LookingForward

      I saw that too.
      I think it’s 5800 manufacturing workforce worldwide and the rest of the jobs are office workers and higher.

  • Charming Susan.

    I am not sure because

  • GreasyDOorKnob

    This is a cool car and better for the US economy than buying a Toyota. I fear the small niche market that can spend so much extra on a car made in California will prevent the company from seeing it’s full success. Just like Toyota, they will have to move out of California.

    • Aaron Blankenship

      That’s only the case for now, their new one coming out next year is expected to be in the $40k range. Their plan was always to start with a luxury car and work their way down to affordable cars, subsidized by the rich who bought the expensive car.

      • LookingForward

        That’s what Apple once said about the iphone too… :S
        Hope Tesla isn’t filled with too many greedy bastards like Apple.

        • Aaron Blankenship

          To be fair they do have the cheaper 5c now lol. Elon seems to be a good guy, hes not greedy. He spent nearly all of his wealth from selling Paypal to start Tesla and SpaceX.

    • LookingForward

      Unless Tesla goes 100% renewable, which I think they will do, then they would save a lot of money on energy (and water?).

    • Akio Toyoda

      Toyota makes more cars in the US then GM and Chrysler group

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