Tesla Granted Another Extension to Meet Job Target in Buffalo

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Delays are a fairly regular occurrence for Tesla, and in a new update, the company has been granted the chance to extend its building deadline for one of its facilities.

Tesla has been granted an extension to its plans of bringing 1,460 workers to its South Buffalo factory by New York state development officials, according to Buffalo News.

The extension gives the electric vehicle (EV) company until the end of the year to complete its job target, for which the company was also granted a one-year extension this month last year.

In a statement, Empire State Development said, “The economic upheaval and uncertainty caused by the global pandemic continues to have negative effects on businesses and the economy, both worldwide and within New York.”

The agency continued, “As a result, Empire State Development will extend the opportunity for business relief through the end of 2021 for any qualifying ESD partners who continue to demonstrate COVID-19 related economic hardship, including Tesla.”

While one could hardly call what Tesla is going through “economic hardship” – given a record-breaking Q1 – the EV company was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and thus is entitled to the extension regardless.

Last fall, Tesla announced a hiring spree for its Buffalo solar factory, roughly five months into the first goal extension, though it’s still working on filling out its New York facility’s team.

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