DAVCO, a leader in fuel heater-water separators and filter systems, is investing $3.5 million to create an Advanced Electronics Manufacturing Center at its campus in Saline, Michigan. The project is expected to create 20 new jobs.
The center will extend the company’s manufacturing capabilities into advanced electronics technologies as DAVCO prepares to capitalize on the arrival of electric-powered commercial vehicles. The state-of-the-art facility sits adjacent to the existing manufacturing facility and is expected to be fully operational in early 2022. Initially, the facility will be responsible for manufacturing electronics hardware for Road Ready advanced telematics, a company within the Clarience Technologies family.
"Over the past 45 years, DAVCO has proudly served customers with industry-leading products and unparalleled customer support and that will not change," said Laurie Beegle, President at DAVCO. "This new electronics manufacturing facility ensures we will continue to be able to serve commercial fleet customers as their needs evolve once they begin putting electric vehicles into service."
DAVCO is owned by Southfield, Michigan-based Clarience Technologies, a global leader in advanced transportation technology that includes Truck-Lite, RIGID and Lumitec advanced LED lighting, ECCO and Code-3 safety systems and Road Ready advanced telematics.
"The dramatic fluctuations in vehicle demand experienced in the North American commercial vehicle market - unlike anything seen in any other industry - will only be amplified with electric vehicles. We believe customers will take solace in the fact that we understand what's required as these fluctuations occur," added Beegle.
The investment includes a clean room for component manufacturing, increasingly more important in next-generation vehicle technologies. DAVCO fuel filtration products will continue to be manufactured in an adjacent building and are not impacted by this announcement, according to company officials.