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Two recently laid off Tesla employees have claimed that the company's factory in upstate New York is shockingly inefficient and poorly run.
Dale Witherell and Dennis Scott, who were laid off from the 'Gigafactory II' solar panel plant in Buffalo as part of company-wide cuts in January, spoke out in an interview this week with WIVB-TV.
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Constructed in 2014, the factory received $750 million in taxpayer funds as the keystone in Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo's 'Buffalo Billion' initiative.
As part of the deal, the factory must employ 1,460 workers by April 2020 or face $41.2 million in state penalties.
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Tesla tells DailyMail.com that there about 800 employees working at the facility now - half working for Tesla and half for Panasonic, which shares the facility.
But Witherell and Scott say the colleagues whom they worked with were lazy and inefficient, with little work to do.
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A Tesla spokeswoman strongly disputed their account, telling DailyMail.com: 'We have been upfront about our operations and project impact in Buffalo. As we've said, Solar Roof is a product that needs to last decades, and therefore has a long development cycle, and we've been thoughtful and deliberate as we gradually ramped production.'
'We understand that job cuts like those we announced two weeks ago are never easy, and we are grateful to everyone who departed for their contributions to Tesla's mission,' the spokeswoman continued.
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Scott and Witherell described the plant as poorly organized and managed, with workers who had little to do.
'We had people who literally would do five minutes work - right to the phone. Five minutes work - right to the phone,' said Scott. 'There isn't an urgency there.'
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Witherell described the plant as 'unacceptable for the inefficiencies and glaring deficiencies I saw.'
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