Global Automotive Supplier to Invest $68M in New Chelsea Manufacturing Facility

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Madrid, Spain-based Corporación Gestamp, an international supplier of metal parts and assemblies for auto manufacturers, will locate its new chassis, paint, and laser welding line facility in Chelsea. Named Gestamp Washtenaw, the new subsidiary of Gestamp will invest $68 million and create 195 new jobs over the next four years.

The company specializes in products that lead to the development of lighter, safer, more energy efficient, and environmentally friendly vehicles. In Chelsea, Gestamp will build a chassis assembly line, electronic coat paint line, and a remote laser welding 3D technology line.

Ann Arbor SPARK, a nonprofit organization focused on supporting business acceleration, attraction, and retention, provided site selection assistance to Gestamp as it looked for a facility in the Ann Arbor area. The organization also connected the company to resources at Michigan Works that will help Gestamp find skilled labor.

“Gestamp is another leading global brand choosing Ann Arbor as a destination for expansion, resulting in one of the most significant business attractions to this region this year,” says Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK. “Our strategic focus on the Ann Arbor region’s reputation as center for automotive innovation is having a positive impact on our economy.”

In addition to a Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant awarded by MEDC, the city of Chelsea approved property tax abatements. Ann Arbor SPARK worked with the company to secure the incentives.

Gestamp Washtenaw is a member of Gestamp Group, an international group dedicated to the design, development, and manufacturing of metal automotive components. Founded in 1997, Gestamp Group has a customer base that includes Volkswagen, Renault-Nissan, PSA, Daimler, General Motors Co., and BMW.

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