Tesla Motors Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) agreed to buy German manufacturing-technology provider Grohmann Engineering GmbH as the U.S. maker of electric cars prepares to roll out its first mass-market model.

The equipment maker, led by founder and Chief Executive Officer Klaus Grohmann, will become the basis of an automation division Tesla is setting up in Germany that will create about 1,000 jobs, the Palo Alto, California-based company said Tuesday in a statement. Tesla plans to complete the purchase by early 2017. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

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