Panasonic to Send Hundreds to Help Tesla Set Up Battery Factory

Panasonic Corp. plans to begin sending hundreds of Japan-based employees this autumn to help set up the massive battery factory Tesla Motors Inc. is building in Nevada.

Panasonic, Tesla’s battery supplier and an investor in the so-called gigafactory, will probably keep only a few dozen employees at the site beyond the first several years to get production up and running, Yoshio Ito, its senior managing director for automotive business, told reporters in Osaka, Japan.