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Tesla ramping up Riverbend gigafactory for April 1 deadline


Tesla CEO Elon Musk says he will be at the company's "Gigafactory 2" facility on South Park Avenue in Buffalo in April.

In a tweet Monday, Musk said "Tesla April company talk will be from our Giga New York factory, where we make SolarGlass & several other products. Will also offer customer & media tours."

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Tesla's blog also quoted Asemblymember Sean Ryan (D-Buffalo), who it says is planning another visit to the Riverbend plant.

"We're happy Elon Musk had a secret visit last year, but we hope to walk into the factory and see a plan to hit employment numbers by April 1st. We're all rooting for Tesla to live up to its promise. We want WNY to be a solar hub and we want 1,400 people to have steady jobs, that's what we were promised," according to Ryan.

Ryan said the factory now has a dozen lines operating.

Tesla is under contract with New York State to meet a 1,460 employee level by April 1 or face a multi-million-dollar penalty. According to Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, Tesla's workforce was at over 1,100 earlier this month.

Mark Wozniak, WBFO's local All Things Considered host, has been at WBFO since mid-1978.
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