Tesla bulking up on workers and real estate as production gets ready to rocket

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The Model 3 launch, which Tesla calls “the biggest consumer product launch ever,” is to be followed by what must be the biggest and fastest production ramp-up ever (those of little faith might prefer such adjectives as “quixotic” or “impossible”),

Tangible evidence of this massive mobilization is beginning to appear. Tesla recently leased a million square feet of new warehouse space half an hour from its Fremont factory.

The electromobility standard-bearer will also be expanding its employee headcount significantly from around 15,000 at present. Last week the company put on a “massive” job fair in Fremont.

The West Valley Staffing Group, which helped to organize the event, offered the following enticement in a local listing:

West Valley Staffing Group will be holding a massive hiring event at the Tesla Motors testing facility in Fremont on May 7th!

We are looking to hire hundreds of Production Assembly Associates at $17 per hour.

The available positions do not necessarily require auto-industry experience, but they do call for “hands-on experience and proven track record in production in any high quality cutting edge products,” as well as “possible weekend work and overtime” (could that turn out to be an understatement?).

Physical work and heavy lifting is required, but so is experience with MS Office programs such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint – a far cry from the days of Henry Ford.


Source: Electrek, Silicon Valley Business Journal
Image: Ming-yen Hsu (CC BY-ND 2.0)