Here's a mystery for you: What does automaker Tesla Inc. mean when it refers to a new construction project in Texas as simply "plastics"?
In a flurry of building plans filed with the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation in December 2022 and January 2023, the electric vehicle maker included a Dec. 20 filing for a $58 million, 174,979-square-foot project in Austin with a facility name of plastics, with no other details. The work will "complete interior finish out of the EV manufacturing facility" known as Giga, according to the filing.
Construction was to begin Dec. 27 and be complete by March 13.
Beyond that, not much is known. Tesla, like its leader Elon Musk, doesn't follow standard corporate communications processes like issuing news releases for projects, so it's hard to say if the company is actually planning a major plastics facility.
National media are likewise relying on filings with the state to cover overall expansion plans by Tesla in Austin worth $700 million. Language on those TDLR documents likewise refer to completing the EV manufacturing facility with no specifics.
Other Tesla investments at Giga involve a new wastewater interceptor, logistics yard and parking, according to the Austin Business Journal.