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Pure Michigan Business Connect Brings $16 Million Contract From German Engine Manufacturer To Farmington Hills Firm

Germany-based DEUTZ Corporation, the largest independent diesel engine manufacturer in the world, awarded a $16 million contract to Finnish-based PKC Group Designs, a Farmington Hills, Michigan-based automotive supplier, through the Pure Michigan Business Connect program, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation said.

PKC Group designs, manufactures and integrates electrical distribution systems, electronics and related architecture components for the commercial vehicle industry and other segments. The company has two business areas: wiring systems and electronics.

DEUTZ Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of DEUTZ AG, supplying the U.S. construction, off-highway and static power market with diesel engines to the latest EPA required emission standards with a range of engines from 2.9 liter to 16 liter.

“This contract between a world class engine manufacturer and a Michigan auto supplier demonstrates how our economic gardening strategy is working to grow our state’s economy,” said MEDC President and CEO Michael A. Finney. “The Pure Michigan Business Connect program is an innovative way for government to help Michigan businesses to find new opportunities for growth through market-based solutions.”

“DEUTZ Corporation is delighted to announce the partnership with PKC for the supply of wiring harnesses,” said Nick Price, senior buyer – foreign sourcing office for Deutz Corporation. “As we have expanded our manufacturing facilities and capacity in order to meet the increasing demand of our customers, so the need for supply chain partners has increased both in capacity requirements and in manufacturing capability and performance.”

“We’re excited by our partnership with the DEUTZ Corporation, and we look forward to servicing its needs in an exemplary manner,” said Marty Hughes, Customer Executive - East & Midwest Regions - for the PKC Group. “We truly appreciate the work of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which brought our two companies together and endeavored to highlight the economic advantages of our working with each other. We salute the efforts of the MEDC staff for a job well done.”

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