LATHROP, Calif. - Tesla, the prestige maker of high-performance electric cars, is opening a plant in Lathrop, bringing dozens of jobs and a coup for local economic development.
"We think that just the name recognition alone is very valuable to us," Lathrop City Manager Stephen Salvatore said.
The city worked tirelessly to bring the car maker to town, Salvatore said. The plant will occupy 430,000 square feet in a building along Interstate 5, which was once owned by Chrysler to make auto parts.
"(The jobs) are manufacturing in nature," Salvatore said. "They've pulled building permits and they're over there working now."
At the future plant site, workers said they've known Tesla was coming in for at least two weeks, but the secret did not get out of the bag.