Pending legislation, Tesla to open regional distribution center in Connecticut

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WTNH –In a statement from Tesla Motors today, the automobile company announced that they will open a regional distribution center in Connecticut if the legislature passes Senate Bill 3 to help meet the increasing demand for their vehicles.

The facility would add more than 150 jobs on top of the 25 jobs per store that the company will build if allowed to bring their direct sales model to the state, according to Tesla.

“Tesla is prepared to make a real and lasting commitment to Connecticut,” said Will Nicholas, Government Relations Manager at Tesla Motors.  “We want to invest here.  We want to create jobs here.  And we want to serve Connecticut customers.  The jobs created by this facility, in addition to the jobs created at each and every store, are good paying jobs with good benefits.”

Tesla says it is willing to commit to building a New England Distribution Center employing up to 150 personnel within the next 18 months if the State enacts a law that enables Tesla to own and operate five stores.  A location in Connecticut of where this facility will be has not been announced.

Tesla went on to state that cumulative employment at these six facilities will reach 275 jobs for Connecticut residents. These are high quality jobs with salaries ranging from $40K to $100K, full benefits, and opportunities to earn equity in Tesla.  Sales personnel are full time employees of Tesla, earning primarily salary with only a marginal commission supplement.

Recently, Tesla released a statewide poll that surveyed 600 likely Connecticut voters and found that the vast majority supported allowing Tesla to do business in the state. Of the residents surveyed, 76% were in favor of such legislation, and 63% indicated opposition to a potential cap on the number of stores Tesla Motors could build throughout the state.  Tesla’s efforts to bring sustainable transportation to Connecticut found support among registered Democrats, Republicans, and Independents alike.

The company estimates that each showroom could create 25 jobs and contribute $8-10M in direct economic impact, in addition to nearly $1.7M in sales tax revenue.

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