Panasonic has begun searching for more employees at its Tesla-Panasonic solar factory in Buffalo (formerly, the facility was announced a few years ago by SolarCity).

Also arriving in 2018, Tesla Solar Roof in Slate

Also arriving in 2018, Tesla Solar Roof in Slate

Start of retail production is scheduled by the end of this summer, with full production to be reached sometime in 2019.

The factory will produce both, conventional solar modules and Tesla's unique Solar Roof tiles.

It's expected that Tesla/Panasonic will implement some new solar-cell technology developed by Silevo (also acquired earlier by SolarCity).

The Japanese manufacturing partner for Tesla has scheduled three job fairs with ~300 offers:

  • 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Seneca Babcock Community Center, 1168 Seneca St.
  • 10 a.m. July 18 at Erie Community College North, 6205 Main St., Williamsville. The session will be held in Room 100 of Building K.
  • 5:30 p.m. July 26 at the Buffalo Education and Training Center, 77 Goodell St.
Over the longer-term, some 500 manufacturing jobs are to be created at the factory, with nearly 1,000 other positions in various support, sales and administrative roles in Buffalo.

"While Tesla's predecessor, SolarCity, previously held job fairs in late 2015 and in 2016, those led to little immediate hiring because of delays in starting production at the local factory. Panasonic's recruitment drive is timed more closely to match the latest schedule for opening the $950 million facility by the end of summer.

Panasonic currently has listings for 25 different types of jobs in Buffalo, ranging from engineers and technicians to production and manufacturing operators."

source: The Buffalo News