German supplier Mahle expands U.S. powertrain r&d
DETROIT -- Mahle Industries is moving its powertrain division within suburban Detroit as part of a $16 million expansion.
Mahle, the North American subsidiary of Stuttgart, Germany-based Mahle GmbH, acquired the 45,000-square-foot building in Plymouth, Michigan, for an undisclosed amount from Westport Fuel Systems, the company said in a news release.
The supplier will soon move its 40 powertrain employees into the space with plans to hire up to 20 more engineers over the next several years.
The building is already equipped with a four-wheel-drive chassis dynamometer, seven vehicle lifts, five powertrain test cells and a wiring-and-instrumentation laboratory, Mahle said. An expansion is expected, including two powertrain test cells, engine and vehicle test-bed upgrades and additional hybrid-electric vehicle testing equipment.
"Our Plymouth headquarters will be one of the most technically advanced engine-development facilities in North America," Hugh Blaxill, managing director of Mahle Powertrain, said in a release.
Mahle invested $11 million in 2012 to expand its North American headquarters in nearby Farmington Hills, Michigan, by acquiring the former Nailco Group. building next door. That move added an additional 50,000-square-feet of office space.
The supplier plans to open its Plymouth location by early November.