For this year in Michigan, Faurecia S.A.’s U.S. subsidiary is on pace to hire 800 workers for its various divisions, including engineering, human resources and purchasing. In this state, Faurecia North America has almost doubled its employee base. It currently has about 2,000 employees. To match this growth, the company is planning a 20,000-square-foot expansion of its headquarters in the Detroit suburb of Auburn Hills. Faurecia, which has its headquarters in France, supplies interiors, exteriors, seating and emissions to automakers.
Last July, Faurecia North America transferred 100 employees from its exteriors unit into a new nearby technical center, which is also located in Auburn Hills, according to Autonews.
Mike Heneka, president of Faurecia North America, said that the company has “outgrown” its building. Faurecia North America has invested $19.2 million to accommodate and make manufacture interiors from a new facility in Fraser, as well as for future expansions, which were helped by tax credits from the Michigan Economic Growth Authority.
The expansion in the U.S. is fueled by new contracts with the Detroit 3, which continue to develop global platforms. Bernard Swiecki, senior project manager of sustainability and economic development strategies group at the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Mich., said that international suppliers have a lot to gain from the Detroit 3’s globalization. He added that it makes sense that the suppliers of platforms in Europe would want to put up facilities near the automakers.