According to public records, electric car designer and manufacturer Tesla Motors has signed a lease for a 430,000 square foot facility in west San Joaquin County. City of Lathrop officials are thrilled by the announcement. "I am honored and overjoyed that Tesla has chosen Lathrop for its expanding high-tech manufacturing operations. The new Tesla facility will provide employment in the region for years to come. We look forward to working diligently with Tesla to create more opportunities for their continued success. Lathrop is a prime location and a great low cost alternative for expanding Bay Area companies such as Tesla and we see great opportunity in the near future. I want to thank the Tesla team, the San Joaquin Partnership, City staff and all other agencies for their participation and efforts to bring this project to Lathrop," said Lathrop Mayor Sonny Dhaliwal.