Canadian mobility technology company Magna International, which has three technical facilities in Troy, has broken ground for a $70-million manufacturing facility in St. Clair (south of Port Huron) that will build complex battery enclosures for the 2022 GMC Hummer EV.
The 345,000-square-foot facility, named Magna Electric Vehicle Structures, is expected to begin production in early 2022 and bring more than 300 new jobs to the area over the next five years.
The battery enclosure contributes to the structural and safety aspects of a vehicle’s frame and protects high-voltage batteries from damage and water. Magna can develop these advanced assemblies in steel, aluminum, and multi-material configurations, including lightweight composites, to meet the individual needs of its customers.
“Bringing this new battery enclosure technology to market is another example of Magna’s ability to deliver a full-system solution to automakers supporting their focus on a lower emissions future,” says John Farrell, president of Cosma International, Magna’s body and chassis group.
“The move toward electrification allows us to rethink what is possible and demonstrate how we can leverage our core strengths to continue bringing customers innovative solutions that help them meet their goals, no matter how challenging.”
Magna has been an industry leader in vehicle structures, providing a comprehensive range of capabilities and engineering solutions to customers around the world. This new business with General Motors Co., Magna says, marks a point in the company’s evolution as it expands its capabilities in the vehicle electrification space.
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