Tesla announced Tuesday that it has hired more than 50 people at its Fremont, California, factory, the company’s first major move to boost its manufacturing presence in China.
The hires include a team of about 50 workers who will work in the manufacturing line, said Elon Musk, Tesla’s chief executive officer.
The hires are part of a strategy by the company to improve manufacturing efficiency, Musk said at a conference call.
Tesla says it is also looking for additional employees at its Palo Alto, California factory.
The hiring comes at a time when Tesla is seeking to bolster its presence in the United States, where the company has struggled to grow its business.
The company has been struggling to regain market share amid a glut of luxury electric cars.
Last month, Tesla announced plans to cut jobs and lay off employees at the Fremont plant, but it later said it would not shutter the facility.
Tesla has struggled in recent months to win a bidding war to build a $5 billion factory in Arizona.
The company has made a number of other moves to boost the competitiveness of its product lines, including announcing a deal to sell its batteries and battery storage to Chinese electronics maker Xiaomi, and agreeing to sell the Gigafactory to Chinese battery manufacturer Huawei.