Brose North America today opened a $62-million facility in New Boston, south of Detroit Metro Airport, in an effort to support increased growth with the company’s domestically located OEM partners.
The 380,000-square-foot manufacturing facility produces door modules, latch modules, seat structures, and drives for power lift gates, says Jan Kowal, president of Brose North America.
“Between 2014 and 2020, we are projecting an investment of 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,” Kowal says. “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 company has two other locations in Michigan, including a regional headquarters in Auburn Hills and a production facility in Warren. The New Boston location offers close proximity to strategic customers, favorable new fiscal policies in Michigan, and the positive economic climate for job creation, Kowal says.
“Our intention is to produce a large part of our product portfolio here in our New Boston plant, says Jorg Graichen, general manager of the plant, which has created 450 new jobs. “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.”