FOCUS-U.S. auto suppliers scramble to fill factory jobs

By Ben Klayman

DETROIT, Oct 8 (Reuters)Millions of U.S. workers have lost their jobs to the pandemic, but in the auto industry, suppliers are scrambling to find enough people to staff production lines, resorting to such approaches as rewards for good attendance and at-work teachers to lure job seekers.

At auto parts maker Mobex Global, Chief Executive Joe Perkins said he is boosting pay and offering bonuses to help fill 80 job openings. His engineering and machining company is running more overtime to meet rising demand.

“It is the most critical issue in our company,” said Perkins, whose firm has 12 U.S. plants and counts General Motors Co GM.N and Ford Motor Co F.N among its customers.

“We’re using almost 10 staffing companies across the plants,” he told Reuters. “We’re using multiple jobs boards, ZipRecruiter, LinkedIn, Monster, local news stations, down to lawn signs, local papers, billboards,

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