Tesla has leased a 35,000-square-foot building in Hutto, Texas, approximately 25 miles north Giga Texas.
While the specific purpose of the Hutto facility remains undisclosed, the City of Hutto has confirmed with Austin Business Journal that Tesla is the new tenant, taking over the space from the former tenant, a sing company by the name of The JRS Company.
Building permits indicate Tesla plans to spend around $1.5 million for renovations to the building.
Work on the Hutto facility is scheduled to start on January 10, with completion expected by the end of February. Once the project passes inspections, the City of Hutto says it will provide more details about the nature of operations at the property, according to Ashley Bailey, Hutto’s Director of Development Services.
Based on the size and nature of the building, with several large loading bay doors along the side, this will likely be converted into a Sales, Service, and Delivery Center. There are no such facilities currently in Hutto, with the nearest being over 20 miles away in north Austin.
This expansion is the latest in a string of investments in Texas, ever since the company moved its headquarters from Palo Alto to Austin. Since opening Giga Texas in 2022 the company has already created more than 15,000 jobs in Travis County.
If Hutto sounds familiar, that is because the company has a railyard near the city at the RCR Taylor Logistics Park, which transports newly built vehicles from Giga Texas.
It could also be because Hutto had previously vied for Tesla’s attention in 2014 when the city actively pursued the opportunity to host Tesla’s Gigafactory. Despite hosting Tesla representatives eight times and setting aside over 1,000 acres for the factory, but as we all know by now, Tesla ultimately chose to build the Gigafactory in Reno, Nevada.