Tesla Becomes California’s #1 Automotive Employer

3 years ago by Eric Loveday 11

Tesla Motors Becomes # 1 Auto Employer in California

Tesla Motors Becomes # 1 Auto Employer in California

Tesla's Fremont Factory

Tesla’s Fremont Factory

Tesla Motors is now California’s #1 automotive employer.

With 6,000-plus employees in the state of California, Tesla Motors shot past Toytota as the state’s leading auto employer.  Toyota employs approximately 5,300 in the state of California, a figure that will drop in the future as Toyota moves most of those jobs to Texas.

On the flip side, Tesla’s employment figure for California will grow quickly with at least 500 additional workers to be added by the end of 2014.

California is not a state that’s typically chosen for automotive production due in part to high labor/energy/land costs and stringent environmental regulations.  However, Tesla breaks the mold with its Fremont, California factory and other land it recently acquired in California.

Gino DiCaro, spokesman for the California Manufacturers & Technology Association, stated:

“Tesla’s scaling up here in California is terrific news.  It’s also an exception — and we certainly need more of them.”

As Bloomberg notes:

“Tesla is already a bigger local employer than many high-growth California-based technology companies. At the end of 2013, according to an annual filing, Tesla had 5,800 employees worldwide — with about 90 percent of those in California… Twitter Inc., according to recent filings, has 3,000 employees worldwide and Facebook Inc. has about 7,000.”

Source: Bloomberg

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11 responses to "Tesla Becomes California’s #1 Automotive Employer"

  1. Scott Franco says:

    “Tesla’s scaling up here in California is terrific news. It’s also an exception”

    And it will continue to be the exception with California’s war on business.

    1. TomArt says:

      It is not California’s fault that neighboring states prefer to sell themselves off at the public’s expense just to lure a company in.

      These other states are such shameless whores that the companies they bring in don’t pay taxes, they don’t pay for any new roads or upgraded infrastructure – they don’t pay for anything. That’s all saddled on us taxpayers. And, they get to pollute all they want, which compromises us taxpayer’s health. Then, when the EPA finds out, guess who cleans it up? The company that made the mess? HA! We taxpayers pick up the tab for that, too.

      There is no “war on business”, you fool. Businesses require regulation because the people running them clearly cannot behave themselves.

      1. TomArt says:

        And, those people running the company are so short-sighted that they cannot recognize the fact that “going green” is actually cost-effective!

      2. Scott says:

        Yes and no. First, Yes, companies will take whatever advantage they can to compete. If they don’t, they will be out of business. You can’t blame them for that. What are needed are rules that level the playing field so these imbalances don’t happen. Second, while I think California is a beautiful, amazing state, it amazes me how stupid and overboard things get there with some of the laws passed.

        1. TomArt says:

          +1

  2. Anon says:

    Giggity-Factory…

  3. kdawg says:

    “Tesla had 5,800 employees worldwide — with about 90 percent of those in California… Twitter Inc., according to recent filings, has 3,000 employees worldwide and Facebook Inc. has about 7,000.”
    ————–

    That’s the beauty of manufacturing. Too bad more of it doesn’t happen in the US.

  4. Jesse Gurr says:

    “Tesla had 5,800 employees worldwide — with about 90 percent of those in California”

    Uhhh…if they have 5,800 world wide, how can there be 6,000 in California? 90% of 5800 is 5220, less than Toyota.

  5. ralph says:

    “Tesla Motors shot past Toyota as the state’s leading auto employer.”

    Uh, hello mr. article writer sir,
    The main reason Tesla “shot past Toyota” might be because Toyota moved its operations to Texas.

    1. Dan says:

      Toyota hasn’t moved yet.