When Elon Musk announced in July 2020 that Tesla Inc. would build a billion-dollar gigafactory in eastern Travis County, expectations were immediately through the roof. Some called it a generational project for Central Texas. Others pointed to the economic boost the electric vehicle giant would provide to the region in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. And almost everyone agreed it would have ripple effects across the region for years to come. Two years later, some of that has come to fruition by at least one metric: Tesla has taken the top spot on Austin Business Journal's annual list of the largest regional manufacturers, based on its estimated 4 million square feet of space. View This list:https://www.bizjournals.com/austin/subscriber-only/2022/10/28/manufacturing-firms.html