The American Center for Mobility (ACM) in Ypsilanti Township has signed an agreement with Intertek to provide operations and maintenance of the 500-acre connected and autonomous vehicle proving grounds, which is slated to open next month.
Through the multi-year agreement, Intertek will provide services including facility operations, testing security and confidentially systems, maintenance, local hiring, human resources management, ancillary services, customer service programs, training plans for clients, implementing an IT policy, and safety planning.
Intertek is a Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide and offers testing, assurance, inspection, and certification solutions through a network of more than 1,000 offices in more than 100 countries.
The company’s transportation technologies group specializes in performance, quality, and reliability standards for the automotive industry with cost-effective insights, validation, and testing capabilities. Intertek is accredited to conduct thousands of electrical, chemical, and mechanical tests for full vehicles, automotive components, products, and systems.
“We’re proud to partner with Intertek and to leverage their leading global expertise in delivering innovative and customized solutions within the automotive and communication sectors,” says John Maddox, president and CEO of ACM.
“In our search for an operations and maintenance partner, we wanted to work with a company that would deliver the highest quality and customer-focused solutions for our unique facility. We’ve definitely found that with Intertek and we’re confident they will help us implement the very best safety and operational standards for ACM.”
Ralph Buckingham will be leading the project on behalf of Intertek, with site development support provided by Rich Jacobson, Intertek’s western operations manager, Greg Marshall, chief engineer, and an Intertek team with decades of experience.
“The American Center for Mobility is generating world-wide excitement as the automotive industry demands automated vehicle testing, and we’re proud to support this important work,” says Buckingham. “Our team is already on site and committed to ensuring the first phase of the facility is complete and opened for testing.”