— Mesa Automotive, a maker of luxury sedans, says it will stop making its own appliances after the company failed to find qualified workers.
The company, which is headquartered in Mesa, Arizona, announced the decision in a news release Wednesday.
Mesa said it will hire suppliers who are certified by the National Automobile Parts Manufacturers Association to repair its vehicles.
It said it also will seek to hire suppliers from neighboring Arizona, California and Michigan.
Mesa Automotive is the only automotive repair business in Arizona that is certified by a regional group that includes the National Motor Vehicle Dealers Association and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Its employees have been paid the federal minimum wage since 1999.
The decision was made as part of a broader strategy to diversify the company’s workforce, spokeswoman Beth Pechen said in a statement.
Mesas mainstay brand of luxury cars is making the switch to a new production line, which will bring about 200 jobs.