Tesla’s Fremont Factory Could Soon Employ More Workers Than Site Did In Its General Motors’ Days

10 months ago by Eric Loveday 15

Tesla's Fremont Factory

Tesla’s Fremont Factory

At a recent Fremont City Council meeting, Tesla discussed its massive expansion plans at its Fremont factory.

Aerial Footage Of Tesla's Fremont Factory

Aerial Footage Of Tesla’s Fremont Factory

During the discussion, the focus briefly turned to number of employees currently at the site.

According to Tesla, there are currently 6,200 employees at the Fremont factory. Interestingly, that’s just a bit shy of the peak 6,800 employees who worked there when General Motors owned the facility (1979 was the peak employment year).

More recently, in 2010, just prior to its closure, the site (known as NUMMI then, when Toyota was also a partner) employed 4,700 workers.

In the coming years, Tesla say the expanded fremont factory will employ at least 9,300, which is way more than the 6,800 in its GM’s heyday.

Silicon Beat adds:

“Palo Alto-based Tesla currently employs about 6,200 people in its Fremont auto factory. The existing complex totals 5.3 million square feet of production and office space. The larger Tesla factory is expected to bring 3,100 new jobs to the East Bay and would total 4.6 million square feet. A time frame for the expansion wasn’t disclosed in Tesla’s filings with Fremont.”

“The plant could employ at least 9,300 workers after the expansion is complete. That would be more than NUMMI and Solyndra combined at their peaks.”

Quite the achievement for a “startup” automaker…

Source: Silicon Beat

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15 responses to "Tesla’s Fremont Factory Could Soon Employ More Workers Than Site Did In Its General Motors’ Days"

  1. Euro view says:

    hiring people is a good thing , producing cars is the goal .
    Why not a single word about comparing the productivity of Ford and Tesla ?

    1. Murrysville EV says:

      (I think you mean GM and Tesla)…

      If Tesla eventually produces 500,000 cars a year in this plant, it seems their productivity will be about the same as when GM was running it.

      1. Zach says:

        My understanding is that it was mostly final assembly for GM and that tesla manufactures more components here.

  2. Michael L. says:

    According to http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=125229157
    the max production was 6000 cars a week. (about 300k a year)

    On the other hand you can´t compare these numbers, because GM and Toyota never had development in this facility – only production…

  3. Steve says:

    Are they counting the people that are building the lines or just the people that will be employed once it’s up and running at capacity. My understanding was Tesla will not need as many employees per car as GM did. I think it’s great that they are creating jobs.

    1. Stimpacker says:

      GM assembled cars. Tesla also builds many of the parts onsite, including the motor.

      My GM car for example, has its motor made in Mexico.

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        Exactly.

        It’s good that Tesla has created, and is creating, good paying manufacturing jobs. But it’s an apples-to-oranges comparison to compare Tesla’s employment to the assembly plant’s previous owners, GM and Toyota.

        As already noted in posts above, Tesla does a lot more in-house manufacturing and subassembly work than most other auto makers. In this case, “in-house” means a lot of it is being done under the same roof in their Fremont auto assembly plant.

        Perhaps most importantly, this is good for American workers, since Tesla’s approach keeps more jobs in the USA instead of farming them out to overseas auto parts makers.

        Go Tesla!

  4. CDAVIS says:

    Tesla is more vertically integrated (currently 84%) than any other car maker which somewhat plays into into the employee count…and Tesla plans to further move up that VI% in 2017.

    Also, something that does not get much press is that some of the Fremont facility expansion will be subleased to Tesla supplier vendors to allow those vendors to better JIT supply Tesla on-site. Tesla’s end-goal is for raw material to go into one side of the plant and cars come out the other side.

  5. Dark chicken says:

    I work there. And it’s a awesome place to work. I just wish we had more time off than one day a week to spend with my family…

    1. Uaw says:

      Non union sweat shop won’t last five years befor moving to another state or country believe me I know.

      1. JIMJFOX says:

        “believe me, I know”— RED FLAG!!

    2. Mister G says:

      How much do you earn per hour?

      1. Lizzy says:

        $17/hr

  6. Scott Dalrymple says:

    Don’t let the Unions spoil it like they have so many other places.

  7. Mike I. says:

    Tesla’s headquarters building in Palo Alto has been full for a long time. Therefore, many of the people involved in supply chain and logistics work out of offices at the Fremont factory site. So, thinking all the employees at the factory are involved in assembly would be wrong.