Tesla’s Gigafactory New York, a facility that produces the Solar Roof and Supercharger components, has received an extension to meet its employment goals. Granted by state development officials, the extension would provide Tesla with more time to meet its promise to bring 1,460 jobs to the sprawling facility located in South Buffalo, New York.
The state had already granted Tesla a one-year extension for Gigafactory New York’s employment targets last year due to the challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. This extension is poised to end this month, though state development officials opted to provide Tesla with another extension that moves the deadline to the end of December 2021.
It should be noted that Tesla’s extension is not unique to the electric car maker. As pointed out by the Empire State Development, the new deadline is part of a leniency initiative that applies to all companies facing job creation deadlines in the state.
“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. 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,” the Empire State Development noted.