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Elon Musk’s tunneling company just bought land in Central Texas

Written by: Leonard Parker | Houston Business News | 12th July

July 12, 2021Updated: July 12, 2021 9:59 a.m.

Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla Inc., speaks during an unveiling event for the Boring Company Hawthorne test tunnel in Hawthorne, south of Los Angeles, California on December 18, 2018. (Photo by Robyn Beck / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

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SpaceX and Tesla aren't Elon Musk's only companies expanding in Texas. 

A company affiliated with The Boring Company, Musk’s tunneling and infrastructure transportation venture, is reportedly buying property in Central Texas' Bastrop County. 

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The Austin American-Statesman's Kara Carlson reports that Gapped Bass LLC, a company affiliated with The Boring Company, purchased 73 acres in northwest Bastrop County back in May. Records filed with the Texas Secretary of State's office revealed that Gapped Bass shared the same address as The Boring Company's Pflugerville facility.

And while plans haven't been revealed for the Bastrop acreage, a job listing with The Boring Company refers to the spot as the company's "research and development site." 

Musk's main goal with The Boring Company is to revamp intracity transportation (and eventually longer intercity routes) through tunnels and "loop" systems that will take passengers underground at speeds up to 150 miles per hour. There are currently completed tunnels in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

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The company also made headlines in 2018 when it sold 20,000 flamethrowers branded as "not-a-flamethrowers" for seemingly no real reason but raising $10 million in revenue nonetheless

The Boring Company grabbed space in Pflugerville last year to house offices. The company currently has multiple job listings for the Austin area

Abigail Rosenthal joined Chron in 2020. Previously, she was a digital reporter for Gannett and the Austin American-Statesman. She loves dogs, "Gilmore Girls" and forcing her Spotify playlists on her friends.