A powertrain and vehicle engineering company that supports the global transportation industry, FEV North America Inc. will expand its campus, with the construction of research lab-vehicle development testing facility at its campus in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
Initially, the facility will house a vehicle lab and state-of-the-art vehicle emissions dynamometer, expanding its vehicle development capabilities. The next step will create additional office space and lab facilities.
The new site adds to the FEV campus in Auburn Hills, making a total of three buildings. At 25,600 sq.ft. when complete, the campus expansion will create approximately 250 additional jobs, bringing the total number of employees at its Auburn Hills campus to about 750.
The company is investing more than $27 million into the facility, and has received a performance-based grant from the Michigan Business Development Program. Completion of the Vehicle Test Center is expected by April 2018.
"From its founding, FEV has built its reputation by providing state-of-the-art facilities needed to support product developments," Patrick Hupperich, President & CEO of FEV North America Inc. said. "The addition of the vehicle emissions chassis dyno represents our effort to provide a complete, one-stop-shop to powertrain and vehicle development, and keeps us in step in meeting customers' needs."
The announcement is being made in conjunction with Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which assisted in laying the groundwork for the new facility, company officials said.
"This is an exciting addition for FEV and for Southeast Michigan," Governor Rick Snyder said. "This development will contribute to our growing economy and continue to solidify Michigan's place as a global automotive hub."