Toronto-based AGS Automotive Systems, a full-service automotive supplier, makes its first entry into the autonomous vehicle space in the U.S. through an expansion at its campus in Sterling Heights, Michigan.
The $5 million investment is expected to create 100 jobs, resulting in an $850,000 Michigan Business Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen over competing sites in other locations. In addition, the city of Sterling Heights plans to support the project with marketing and/or recruitment assistance.
“AGS is very excited about its continued growth in Michigan. The guidance and support received from the city of Sterling Heights, Macomb County, and the state of Michigan over the years have been instrumental,” said Jeff Szulya, director of U.S. Operations for AGS Automotive Systems. “We value these partnerships and look forward to continued growth and success within the state of Michigan.”
According to state officials, the project is the company’s first entry into the autonomous vehicle space in the United States and aligns with key strategic goals of MEDC to facilitate business growth in mobility and automotive manufacturing as well as to foster high-wage job growth. The project builds on the state's global leadership in the future of mobility and vehicle electrification, and offers potential for significant follow-on projects in the long term.
“AGS Automotive Systems’ expansion in Sterling Heights will drive new advancements in future mobility and underscores the strength of the talent in the state’s advanced auto manufacturing and mobility sectors,” said MEDC Chief Business Development Officer and Executive Vice President Josh Hundt. “This investment reinforces Michigan’s reputation as the global center of the automotive industry, and we’re pleased to work with our local partners to support the expansion.”
According to Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the AGS has been awarded a new contract from one of its key customers, which will serve as the platform for the company’s entry into a high-tech segment of the impact assembly business. AGS plans to add capacity in several of its key processes within the existing footprint of its facility in Sterling Heights, while integrating increased levels of autonomous vehicle technology into its products.
“This AGS investment once again makes clear that Macomb County is a leader in next-generation mobility,” said Vicky Rowinski, director, Macomb County Planning and Economic Development. “We have the talented and highly-skilled workforce, the supply chain, and the partners to make this all possible, and I'm thrilled that the county was able to play an important role in moving this project forward.”