Brose to Expand Manufacturing in Michigan, Add 450 Jobs

Tier One supplier adds new manufacturing plant in New Boston

AUBURN HILLS – Fueled by significant growth with domestic OEMs, Brose North America, Inc., the leading manufacturer of mechatronic components and systems for vehicle bodies and interiors, signed a purchase agreement for an existing 380,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in New Boston, Mich. near Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport. The facility will be Brose’s third in Michigan and ninth in North America.

Recent new contracts with Chrysler and Ford necessitate expanding the company’s manufacturing footprint in North America. For Chrysler, Brose will supply door modules to Jeep’s Toledo North Assembly Plant. Brose also was recently awarded additional seat structure business on upcoming Ford passenger car and SUV models.

Hiring will begin almost immediately, and equipment will be delivered with the expectation of production ramping up in early 2013. Including its regional headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich. and a production facility in Warren, Mich., Brose North America currently operates eight locations in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Jan Kowal, President for Brose North America says the company’s impressive growth in the region has accelerated the need for additional workers and manufacturing capacity. “We are pleased with our controlled growth,” Kowal said. “In 2011, Brose achieved annual sales of $1 billion in North America and worldwide sales of over $5 billion. This project will mean 450 new Michigan jobs and a combined investment from Brose and its customers of over $60 million by 2017.”

“The support of the Michigan government was instrumental in our decision to open the new location here,” says Scott Trujillo, vice president of finance of Brose North America. Talks earnestly began this March during Governor Rick Snyder’s visit to their sales, engineering and production location in Wurzburg, Germany. New Boston was finally chosen for its proximity to strategic customers, positive economic climate for job creation, and new fiscal policies in the State of Michigan.

“Brose, with 650 employees currently in Michigan, is a global leader and vital to our automotive supply chain,” Gov. Snyder said. “The company’s decision to invest so heavily in Michigan is a strong statement of the great opportunities that, thanks to our business climate improvements, means Michigan offers growing companies one of the best business climates in the country.”

The expansion, subject to approvals of state and local incentives, is expected in the coming weeks.

The Brose Group is the leading manufacturer of mechatronic systems and electric drives for about 80 automotive manufacturers and more than 30 suppliers. More than 19,000 employees work for Brose at 53 locations in 23 countries in all major automotive markets worldwide, generating a turnover of more than $5.0 billion.

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