Eberspaecher, a Tier 1-supplier of exhaust systems with North American headquarters in Novi, announced today it will invest $122 million and create 545 new jobs in Michigan as part of a five-year expansion plan that will begin later this year.
“We see the value in growing our presence here and now more than ever have the capacity to do so,” says Doug Swick, president of Eberspaecher Exhaust Technologies of the Americas. “We are truly excited to move forward with this strategic investment. These actions result from our demonstrated strength in the domestic market coupled with the skill base we currently experience in the Michigan community for the future.”
Swick says the investment will go toward incremental business, increased vertical integration, and expansion of its manufacturing footprint.
The first phase will begin in Brighton, where the company will nearly triple the size of its 110,000-square-foot plant and add more than 100 jobs to support the manufacture of exhaust systems and catalytic converters for commercial vehicles.
The company — which opened its first Michigan facility in 2000 — has been awarded a $4.5 million performance-based grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. as well as tax incentives from the city of Brighton.
“Partnering with the state of Michigan on this exciting expansion has helped us gain momentum and was instrumental in solidifying our critical decision to invest here,” says
Scott Trujillo, vice president of finance for Eberspaecher Exhaust Technologies of the Americas. The parent company is headquartered in Esslingen, Germany.