Innovative tech company Tesla is recruiting engineers from Mexico to work on automated equipment at its California factory, according to a number of LinkedIn posts by Tesla employees.
The strategy is part of a hiring push to prepare the company to mass produce the upcoming Model 3 from this plant.
Tesla aims to build 500,000 cars a year by 2018 at its plant in Fremont, California, south of San Francisco. If successful, this figure would represent a six-fold increase over 2016.
It is known that certain U.S. automakers and suppliers will occasionally bring in employees from Mexican plants for short-term assignments, but this recruiting on a “wholesale basis” is quite unheard of, and is likely due to a lack of sufficient talent.