The Tesla battery plant in the Reno/Tahoe Industrial Park east of Reno could be the catalyst to create over 20,000 new jobs in Northern Nevada. Is your company ready for the influx of new people to the area? Tesla alone is expected to employ upward of 6,500 people at the new plant, 20 miles east of Reno. The remaining will be employees of infrastructure companies serving Tesla and their employees.
The four counties nearest to the planned Tesla “gigafactory” in northern Nevada in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center – where most of the jobs are expected –have over 15,000 unemployed. A large number of the unemployed do not have the skills needed for this developing business. This gap will be filled by people coming to the area not only from other Tesla facilities and battery plants but from areas with technical people with skills needed from around the country.
The economic size of this development, one of the largest to open in the country in recent memory, will tax the ability of local businesses and will create opportunities for people and employment firms from around the country. Initial production and employment at the plant is scheduled for later in 2015. Tesla is expected to have a workforce of up to 6,500 by the eighth year of operation with average wages in excess of $50,000.
What is often missed is the over 15,000 additional indirect jobs that will be created and their economic impact. The deal between Tesla and Nevada requires at least half of the workers hired by Tesla to be Nevadans, though it provides for waivers if the company is unable to find qualified workers. Likely, it will take time to develop a technical work force locally to fill many of the highly skilled technical jobs, leaving a great opportunity for savvy recruiters around the country.
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