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Tesla to Expand, Add Jobs

Tesla will expand manufacturing at its "gigafactory" in Nevada.

Tesla's Model 3.
Tesla's Model 3.
Tesla Motors

Gov. Brian Sandoval's State of the State address included a new announcement about Tesla Motors' plans to expand its operations in northern Nevada with more than 500 additional jobs.

Sandoval told lawmakers during a joint session in Carson City Tuesday night that Tesla will expand the factory manufacturing lithium-ion batteries to power its electric cars to include the production of electric motors and gearboxes for its next car, the Model 3.

Tesla currently has more than 1,000 full-time employees and 2,000 construction workers on site at the 5 million-square-foot "gigafactory" along U.S. Interstate 80 east of Reno-Sparks.

Sandoval says the new project will mean more than $350 million in additional capital investment and add 550 skilled jobs to Nevada's new economy.

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