Issue: Oct 2014


Brose Celebrates Opening Of New Michigan Plant



by Nick Palmen

Brose North America celebrated the grand opening of its new facility in New Boston, Michigan, today. The facility will support increased growth with Brose's domestically located OEM partners while making a positive impact on Michigan's economy. The opening resulted in 450 new Michigan jobs and an investment of $62 million to purchase and renovate its plant for Brose production.

"Since 2010, we have invested $74 million in Michigan and this number will only grow," said Jan Kowal, president of Brose North America. "Between 2014 and 2020, we are projecting an investment close to $100 million and an additional 400 jobs to support our customers, 75 percent of which are car manufacturers with headquarters in the Detroit area. We continue to invest in Michigan because it has historically offered the skilled workers, reliable suppliers and favorable economic climate required for Brose success."

The 380,000-square-foot manufacturing facility is located near Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport. Brose will produce door modules, latch modules, seat structures and drives for power lift gates at the New Boston facility.

"Our intention is to produce a large part of our product portfolio here in our New Boston plant. The production has ramped up and the volumes are increasing by a great amount," said Jorg Graichen, general manager, New Boston Plant. "The purchase of this building sends a clear message to the region and our customers that we're committed to long-term investment in the area."

The plant was chosen for its many benefits, including proximity to strategic customers, favorable new fiscal policies in Michigan and the positive economic climate for job creation developed by Gov. Snyder.

"Brose's commitment to invest in New Boston shows that our state is a great place for businesses to grow and that Southeast Michigan is a hub for innovation," Snyder said. "It is exciting to have global companies like Brose expanding and growing here and also preparing students for the jobs of tomorrow through the MAT2 apprenticeship program."

The company currently has three locations in Michigan - regional headquarters in Auburn Hills, a production facility in Warren and this new production facility in New Boston - and heavily invests in finding and developing talent from the region. Brose also has five other North American locations.

About Brose:

Brose is a partner to the international automobile industry and supplies around 80 car brands and over 30 suppliers with electric motors and mechatronic systems for vehicle doors, liftgates and seat structures. The family-owned company employs close to 22,000 people at 57 locations in 23 countries. Its current business volume totals 5 billion Euros. Brose is one of the top 40 automotive suppliers in the world and is the fifth largest family-owned company in the industry.

 

To find out more about Brose or to apply for a position, please visit www.brose.com



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