A manufacturer and marketer of automotive original equipment and aftermarket solutions, industrial drives and control technology, as well as security and communication systems, Bosch Group began a 220,500-square-foot, $40 million, expansion of its Technical Center located at 15000 Haggerty Road in Plymouth Township, Michigan.
The expansion, which is expected to be completed in November 2015, will nearly double the size of the existing technical center, which opened in 2007. When complete, the total site, which is located on 75 acres, will have more than 445,000 square feet and capacity for 1,400 people.
According to the firm, which also manufacturers packaging technology, thermotechnology, household appliances, healthcare telemedicine and software solutions, its expansion will further enable the growth of several key technologies, including automotive electronics, start/stop motors, electrical drives, and a variety of safety and driver assistance systems. In addition, the new site will provide Bosch with the needed laboratory and office space to co-locate certain associates in southeast Michigan, some of whom currently work in different leased facilities, thereby fostering more innovation and greater collaboration.
“For a company whose heritage – and future – is based on innovation, breaking ground to begin the expansion of this technical center at a time when this market offers so much potential to grow is truly exciting. Our founder, Robert Bosch, believed that education and sustainability were both essential for the success not only of his business, but of society. We are here today, continuing that philosophy and living our company imperative of ‘Invented for life,” company President Mike Mansuetti said.
“It has long been our hope to expand the technical center here. Thanks to the Plymouth Township Board of Trustees and Planning Commission, along with county and state agencies, we were able to begin building the first part of the site in 2005. As business increased, so, too, did our need to expand the technical center,” he explained.
With this expansion and the co-location of certain groups, Bosch expects to add up to 200 new jobs in Michigan in the next three years, Mansuetti advised. “As we built the business case for further expansion, the township allowed Bosch to construct a temporary building on site for about 160 associates, thereby enabling Bosch to keep these jobs in Plymouth Township. With additional business growth on the horizon and a strong, vibrant community in which to work, we are now able to permanently expand the Technical Center and begin co-locating associates to foster more innovation and even greater collaboration.”
“Bosch’s commitment to expand its presence in Michigan, while also enhancing its research and development work shows that Michigan truly is a great place to do business,” Governor Rick Snyder said. “Michigan’s business climate has improved dramatically, making our state a prime location for global companies like Bosch to expand and invest. It is also exciting that Bosch is an advocate for preparing tomorrow’s workforce through hands-on tech training. Together Bosch and Michigan are tapping into our talent potential and building a bright future.”
The site will include several energy-efficient technologies, including high-efficiency lighting, including LED and induction lighting; photovoltaic solar array; a battery backup system, and high-volume, low-speed fans, and a Direct Current Microgrid.