The automotive and clean-energy company Tesla has taken up space in an existing industrial building on CR 199 in Hutto, city officials confirmed Jan. 3, and has submitted permits to make improvements to the facility.

The gist

Hutto Director of Development Services Ashley Bailey said she considers this another win as the city has already attracted major tech companies, such as the Skybox data center, the Titan MegaTech Center and suppliers for the Samsung Austin Semiconductor facility being built in Taylor.

“With the substantial technology investments continuing to come to Hutto and our neighbors, east [Williamson County] is becoming the place to be for future-focused development,” Bailey said in a news release.

Tesla officials submitted plans to the city in December. The new location is about 25 miles north of Tesla's Gigafactory in South Austin.

According to city officials, Tesla is anticipated to spend roughly $1.5 million in improvements to the 35,000-square-foot building, although it is unclear what the company will be using the facility for.

Put in perspective

Bringing in the clean-energy company could mean more money for the city of Hutto and Williamson County in the form of taxes.

Referring to the company’s Giga site, Tesla officials estimated paying $15 million in taxes to Travis County since 2020 and over $49 million to the local school district, according to previous reporting by Community Impact.

Company officials estimated supporting another $2.1 billion in total sales activity in Travis County. This includes money spent on materials to build the factory.

Looking ahead

Construction is expected to begin in January, although permits are still pending.

More information regarding the type of work the company will conduct at the Hutto location will be released once city inspections are completed.