Tesla announces layoffs

Jan 18, 2019

Dozens of workers at Tesla's Gigafactory 2  in South Buffalo are being laid off.

Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

In an email to employees Friday, Tesla Founder Elon Musk said "the company faces an extremely difficult challenge: its products are still too expensive for most people." As a result, he says, "Tesla has no choice but to reduce" its full-time workforce by about 7%.

That means about 55 workers at Tesla's Solar Roof plant on South Park Avenue are slated to be let go. Since June 2017, the company increased hiring in Buffalo by about 30%. As of November, the plant had about 800 full-time workers.