Faurecia Automotive Seating, a global automotive seating manufacturer, announced today its plans to upgrade its facility in Sterling Heights that is expected to generate more than $8 million in new private investment and add 90 new jobs.
Faurecia Automotive Seating is a subsidiary of France-based Faurecia, a global automotive seating, interior systems, exteriors, and emission control manufacturer with North American headquarters in Auburn Hills. The Sterling Heights facililty was chosen over a competing site in Toledo.
"Faurecia's decision to expand its Sterling Heights facility underscores Michigan's business-friendly environment and a manufacturing talent pool that can compete with any region in the world," says Jennifer Nelson, executive vice president and COO of Michigan Economic Development Corp. The MEDC is supporting the project with $350,0000 in funds from the Michigan Strategic Fund.
"This investment will provide excellent employment opportunities for Michigan residents and will create a long-term positive impact on the local economy," Nelson says.
Nelson says Faurecia Automotive has been awarded a new contract to supply seating for an automotive OEM and plans to upgrade its facility in Sterling Heights, purchase new equipment, and improve the loading dock area.
"Faurecia is a first-class company and its presence in Sterling Heights solidifies our city's manufacturing corridor as one of the premier locations in the country to expand and grow your business," says Sterling Heights Mayor Michael C. Taylor.
About 700 employees have moved into the new Faurecia North American Headquarters and Seating Technical Center, at 2800 High Meadow Circle, since July 2014.
Faurecia North America, whose customers include the Big Three automakers as well as BMW, Hyundai, and Mercedes-Benz, has 20,000 employees at 37 production sites and 10 R&D and customer centers across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.