BorgWarner, a global automobile parts and systems supplier, will officially open a nearly 46,000-square-foot addition to its technical center in Auburn Hills on Friday. The expansion is expected to support about 180 additional full-time jobs.
“The BorgWarner Powertrain Technical Center is a ‘powertrain powerhouse’ where engineering, research and development, sales, and marketing experts from all our businesses innovate through collaboration,” says Christopher Thomas, vice president and chief technology officer at BorgWarner, and leader of the Powertrain Technical Center.
Thomas says the addition includes space for employees across multiple disciplines. He says the addition is driven by plans to grow the company to $15 billion by 2020.
The company last year completed a new engineering garage and vehicle test lab at the technical center that opened in 2002. In July, the company entered into an agreement to acquire Indiana-based Remy International Inc., a manufacturer of alternators and starter motors. In 2005, BorgWarner moved its world headquarters from Chicago to Auburn Hills.
BorgWarner has about 22,000 employees working at manufacturing and technical facilities in 57 locations in 18 countries. The automotive supplier saw about $8 billion in sales in 2014.