Tesla has announced plans to acquire Minnesota-based Perbix, which builds some of the equipment used at Tesla’s factories.
Perbix, founded as a maker of machining equipment 41 years ago, has provided Tesla with automated tools, including a system that makes drive-unit rotors. Tesla also has Perbix equipment in its Nevada Gigafactory.
“Perbix, which has been a Tesla supplier for nearly three years and has executed flawlessly on a number of extremely complex automation projects, will be fully integrated into Tesla,” said the automaker. “Moving forward, we will be expanding our presence and recruiting efforts in the Twin Cities area as we continue to build the machine that builds the machine.”
None of Perbix’s employees will be relocated from the Twin Cities – in fact, Tesla says it intends to increase the company’s 150-person head count, citing a “large pool of highly skilled engineering talent” and a number of local colleges and universities. “We want to hear from the best engineers in the area who are interested in working with us to help design the factory of the future.”