RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - A tech blog claims Tesla Motors has broken ground at a construction site in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center, and may have laid off construction workers yesterday. News 4 learns that is not the case.
The construction site is guarded, and is only identified by the name "Project Tiger."
It is one of the largest projects moving dirt in the center, according to Lance Gillman, Director of the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center.
Due to a non-disclosure agreement, the contractors and brokers cannot confirm nor deny if the company behind the gates is Tesla Motors.
Gilman, says that workers were not laid off yesterday as some have claimed. The workers have been working day and night for the past few weeks.
“They've reached the end of the first phase,” says Gilman. “And so I can tell you that there's been a full mile long path built in about 3 and half weeks. And so the first phase of construction process is completed and there is a halt at this time.))
Gilman and two project managers tell News 4 they've been waiting on a week-by-week basis for the company behind "Project Tiger" to reveal their identity. Until then, it's all speculation.
Nevada, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona are finalists for the $5 billion gigafactory. It's estimated to create 6,500 jobs.
The owner, Elon Musk, has been quoted saying ground will be broken in at least two states before a final location is chosen.
A spokeswoman from Tesla Motors declined to comment.