Livonia-based ZF Group announced that its Marysville facility secured a nearly $6 billion contract for the delivery of beam axles and axle drives for pick-up trucks until 2027, resulting in more than 800 jobs.
ZF solid beam axles offer pick-up trucks, SUVs, and performance sedans a low-weight, high-efficiency design. Often used as rear-axles in these vehicles, the design serves as a platform for chassis functions in addition to transmitting vehicle torque.
“This contract signifies a bright future for our plant, employees, and community,” says Wolfgang Moenig, vice president of product line axle drives North America, ZF Group. “We are committed to growing and developing business and products over time to meet our OE customers’ needs and support them in delivering high-quality systems to the driving public.”
The aluminum housing and welded crown gear design reduces weight, while low-friction bearings, optimized hypoid offsets, and reduced oil quantity improve efficiency. The axles can be equipped with locking differentials in a wide range of ratios.
Located at 2900 Busha Highway in Marysville (south of Port Huron), the facility primarily produces the axle drive components. Currently, more than 250 positions are open in the areas of electrical and mechanical skilled trades.
“Our dedicated team has worked tirelessly to secure a strong future for this facility and its employees, and we are grateful to protect this future business,” says Larry Miner, plant manager of ZF Axle Drives Marysville. “ZF is a 105-year-old company with a culture of innovation – that mentality is present in our plants as well, as we look toward meeting the demands of future mobility.”
ZF is a global technology company that supplies systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and industrial technology. The company employs more than 150,000 associates at approximately 270 locations in 42 countries.