Austin and Kyle celebrated when Tesla moved to the area. Now we have reason to celebrate again! Plastikon plans to lease almost 100,000 square feet in the Plum Creek Industrial Center in Kyle.
Like the name implies, Plastikon is in the plastics industry with headquarters in Hayward, California. The manufacturing company works with automotive, electronics, and medical companies. And one of those automotive companies is Tesla as Plastikon will be a supplier to Tesla’s Gigafactory.
The company makes steering wheels and consoles. They will supply the production of the Tesla Cybertruck SUV and semi-tractor trailer. The factory will be 30 minutes away from Tesla’s Gigafactory.
Founded almost four decades ago, Plastikon’s core values are to deliver on their commitment to providing the highest quality and value with corporate and social responsibility. As a longtime Toyota Select Supplier, they applied the principles of lean manufacturing, which has helped in their growth. They also have a certified minority status.
The company says it will initially hire 75 to 100 people. Then, it may add another 100 positions later. The factory is expected to be operating by October or November of 2021.
The Tesla Effect Continues
Simwon North America Corp. has also signed a lease at Plum Creek for almost 500,000 sq. ft. They’re an auto-body manufacturer that makes body parts for Tesla’s electric vehicles in California. This factory expects to employ 400 people and be operational by December or January. Tesla’s plant is also expected to go live by that time as well.
The latest is that Tesla may need 10,000 people for its Gigafactory by the end of 2022. Currently, they’re hiring for more than 250 positions.
The company has also announced a training partnership with Austin Community College District. Tesla START Manufacturing at ACC will offer a 14-week course that will have students working in paid positions at Tesla’s factory while attending training at ACC Riverside campus. Participants will be eligible for full-time jobs upon completing the program.
Business experts believe more companies will follow Tesla to the area to join its supply chain. Kyle residents will now have the opportunity to find jobs at these companies and work closer to home.
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