Ryan: Pleasantly Surprised by Tesla Progress

Assemblyman toured South Buffalo facility Friday

Tom Puckett
February 07, 2020 - 5:19 pm

Tesla Plant on South Park Avenue in South Buffalo. August 7, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Assemblyman Sean Ryan says he's pleasantly surprised at the progress made by Tesla at its South Buffalo plant. He toured the facility Friday.

"The factory is built out. It has complete lines running, product moving around, people are there, so it's really transformed itself into what we've been hoping for," says Ryan. "I have to report I was pleasantly surprised," saying he was last there 15 months ago and saw a lot of empty space.

Ryan says during that last visit, one part of the factory looked more like a warehouse. Today, there are a dozen lines with people working on them, according to Ryan.

"We've been holding our breath since we put that big bet down on Tesla. They had a slow start, and I was worried as we're appoaching this spring they were going to hit their deadlines, but they're right on track," says Ryan.

Tesla must hire 1,460 people by April or face a state penalty of more than $40 million.

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