Ryan: Pleasantly Surprised by Tesla Progress

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Photo credit Tesla Plant on South Park Avenue in South Buffalo. August 7, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Assemblyman Sean Ryan says he's pleasantly surprised at the progress made by Tesla at its South Buffalo plant. He toured the facility Friday.

"The factory is built out. It has complete lines running, product moving around, people are there, so it's really transformed itself into what we've been hoping for," says Ryan. "I have to report I was pleasantly surprised," saying he was last there 15 months ago and saw a lot of empty space.

Tesla must hire 1,460 people by April or face a state penalty of more than $40 million.