During the Detroit auto show, automakers and suppliers unveiled not only cars and technologies, but also expansion plans that will create thousands of jobs.
But recruiting top engineers and others to fill those jobs is a challenge.
Santosh Anishetty, head of North American passive safety and advanced driver assistance systems for Continental Automotive Systems Inc. of suburban Detroit, said Continental is struggling to fill more than 150 posted positions.
"It's not very easy to find people," he told Crain's Detroit Business, which, like Automotive News, is owned by Crain Communications Inc.
Recently, he added, "I had three people come for interviews, and all three of them said no after we offered them a job. That never used to be the case."
Anishetty said suppliers are losing out to startups in the biomedical field and tech companies such as Google Inc.