HANFORD — Faraday Future officials welcomed newly hired employees Tuesday at its Hanford factory and have announced even more hiring efforts.
The announcement comes just in time, as the first pre-production FF 91 luxury electronic vehicle was recently built at the Hanford facility, which is located in Hanford's Industrial Park.
Vince Nguyen, director of human resources and recruiting - product and technology at Faraday Future, said the company has hired around 100 employees to work in the Hanford facility and ultimately hopes to employ around 1,000 people by mid-2019.
Currently, Nguyen said a majority of the new hires have original equipment manufacturer (OEM) backgrounds and the company is looking for talented individuals who have experience in that area, especially locals.
“There really are a lot of genuine listings for Hanford on the corporate [website], so it’s not just a small part, there’s significant hiring going on right now,” said Matt Davis, senior manager, product communications.
Hanford City Manager Darrel Pyle attended the announcement and spoke with the employees. When he asked the group of about 50 people how many of them had grown up in the Valley, a majority of them raised their hands.
Pyle told them he never would have expected a company like Faraday Future to locate in the Central Valley.
“We’ve got some big businesses here in the Valley, but I can tell you none of them generate the interest in Hanford that you have,” Pyle said. “You have not put Hanford on the map, you have put us on the globe.”
Pyle said the most exciting aspect is that this is only the first wave of employees to step into this new venture and he can’t wait for more people to jump at the opportunity.
“You can depend on the city of Hanford to support you in your efforts and your success,” Pyle said.
As Faraday Future hires employees on a large scale, Davis said one of the company’s priorities is to emphasize the collaboration with College of the Sequoias and business-essential training at the Hanford Training Resource Center.
According to a press release from Faraday Future, each group of new hires will consist of 20 to 25 individuals who participate in 40 hours of team-building, decision-making, problem-solving and leadership skills training needed in an advanced manufacturing facility.
Following this, workers will later take part in further applied manufacturing training on site at the Hanford factory for their respective roles.
“It’s a really great work culture environment,” Nguyen said of the startup company. “We have a lot of ways to go, and of course hires are going to be a key asset to us.”
In the works for the near future is also a formal management training curriculum under discussion with a select group of community colleges in Tulare, Kings and Fresno counties, officials said.
“With upwards of over 1,000 jobs to be created in the [Faraday Future] Hanford factory, this additional leadership training signals [the company’s] commitment to the livelihoods of local skilled workers,” said the press release.
Faraday Future's 1 million square-foot factory in Hanford is still under construction, but the company's goal to deliver the FF 91 to market by the end of 2018 is still in place, with first deliveries scheduled to begin in December through the middle of 2019.