AUSTIN, Texas — It all started with a tweet: "Giga Texas? Hell yeah."
Since Tesla CEO Elon Musk's post in February, rumors have been swirling over whether the company could be bringing its next gigafactory – and thousands of jobs – to the Austin area. And in the four months since that post, more and more evidence is showing those rumors could soon be proven true.
Even Gov. Greg Abbott has confirmed he's talked with the CEO himself about moving the electric vehicle maker to Texas.
In addition to manufacturing its coveted cars, Tesla also produces energy storage devices, as well as products that can be used in home construction, like solar panels and powerwalls.
While it has been staffing a couple of Austin-area showrooms for years, Tesla has also been hiring other positions in the Austin area. Recently on its career page, job listings have been posted since March for positions such as solar roofers, permit coordinators, field electricians and tire technicians.
Here's a look at the developments ever since Musk posted his cryptic tweet:
- June 16, 2020: Tesla could reportedly get more than $60 million in tax breaks to bring plant to Travis County
- May 17, 2020: Austin reportedly picked as finalist for Tesla's new assembly plant
- May 13, 2020: 'It's true' | Abbott confirms talks with Elon Musk about moving Tesla to Texas
- May 12, 2020: Elon Musk defies virus stay-home order, reopens Tesla factory
- May 11, 2020: Elon Musk says Tesla to move headquarters to Texas 'immediately', is it Austin?
- May 11, 2020: Elon Musk says Tesla's California factory is restarting production, defying county order
- Feb. 5, 2020: Austin Chamber welcomes conversation with Tesla CEO Elon Musk after Texas Gigafactory rumors swirl
- Feb. 5, 2020: Tesla factory in Austin? Elon Musk posts cryptic tweet
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