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Robstown: Tesla’s New $375 Lithium Refining Facility Breaks Ground

Feature Photo: Gov. Greg Abbott presents a proclamation to Tesla CEO Elon Musk commemorating the new lithium refinery and recognizing Tesla’s investment in South Texas. Image: Office of the Texas Governor

Posted: 5-24-2023

Robstown (Nueces County) — Construction has begun on Tesla’s new lithium refining facility that is expected to give an economic boost to South Texas.

During the groundbreaking ceremony, Gov. Greg Abbott thanked Tesla for choosing Nueces County as the location for the state-of-the-art lithium refinery, noting that the new facility will generate $375 million in capital investment and bring more than 400 well-paying jobs to Texans in the region.

Abbott said that the state was “proud” to be the home of Tesla.

“Texas will continue to be a hub of innovation, leading the way on the future of technology,” he said. “With the Port of Corpus Christi nearby and Tesla’s Gigafactory in Austin, the lithium refined here will work its way into Tesla batteries all over the world. I want to thank Judge Scott, Mayor Gomez and other local leaders for bringing such a great company to this wonderful city.”

Abbott was joined at the groundbreaking by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Nueces County Judge Connie Scott, Robstown Mayor Gilbert Gomez and a multitude of leaders at the state, federal and local level.

The lithium refining production facility is the first of its kind in North America. The refinery will produce battery-grade lithium and house battery materials processing, refining and manufacturing operations for the company’s product line.

In July 2020, Tesla moved their headquarters to Travis County ahead of opening its new electric vehicle manufacturing facility, Gigafactory Texas.

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Edited from news release.


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Art Benavidez (Construction News Reporter, East Texas) is a seasoned journalist with over 15-years of experience in writing breaking news and in-depth features at the local level. He honed his research and reporting skills in newspapers and magazines throughout South and West Texas along with expertise in crafting digital content as Managing Editor of New Image Marketing Research Corporation. Benevidez is a Texas native and graduate of UTRGV.