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Eberspaecher Plans $122 Million Expansion In The Ann Arbor, Michigan, Region

Area Development Online News Desk (04/09/2014)
Eberspaecher, a global Tier 1 leader in the development and manufacturing of exhaust system technology, will invest $122 million in a “significant expansion” in southeastern region of the Great Lakes State, with plans to create 100 jobs in the Brighton and 445 jobs elsewhere in Michigan.

The company is purchasing land in Michigan to expand its facilities in order to accommodate multiple actions: incremental business, increased vertical integration, and optimization of its manufacturing footprint.

The first phase of expansion will begin in Brighton, Michigan, where the company will nearly triple the size of its current 110,000 sq. ft. plant. A minimum of 100 jobs will be added to support the manufacture of exhaust systems and catalytic converters for commercial vehicles in the short term. The search for additional manufacturing capabilities in Michigan is underway and further expansion is anticipated.

“We are pleased to announce that now is the right time for us to make this significant commitment to Michigan. We see the value in growing our presence here and now more than ever have the capacity to do so,” said 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.”

As a result of Eberspaecher’s commitment, the City of Brighton has offered tax incentives in addition to a $4.5 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

“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,” said Scott Trujillo, Vice President of finance for Eberspaecher Exhaust Technologies of the Americas.

In addition to support from the state government, Ann Arbor SPARK, an organization dedicated to economic prosperity and development in the greater Ann Arbor region, has also helped bring Eberspaecher’s expansion to fruition.

"Eberspaecher's continued growth in Brighton shows that this region can meet the needs of a global manufacturing business," said Paul Krutko, President/CEO, Ann Arbor SPARK. "The company's aggressive hiring plans highlight a key asset that this region offers: Talent. Not only do we have more skilled and engineering talent than anywhere in the world, we have a diverse talent pool that can fill a range of positions, from programming to sales to management."

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