Eberspaecher to launch $122 million expansion, create 545 jobs in Michigan

DETROIT -- Automotive exhaust and HVAC supplier Eberspaecher North America Inc. is investing $122 million to expand operations in Michigan.

The five-year expansion plan, beginning in late 2014, is expected to create 545 new jobs to accommodate its growth, the German company said today.

Eberspaecher will triple its current 110,000-square-foot plant in Brighton, Mich., to support commercial contracts for exhaust systems and catalytic converters. The expansion is expected to create a minimum of 100 new jobs at the plant.

The expansion is supported by a $4.5 million Michigan Business Development Program grant by the Michigan Economic Development Corp., as well as incentives from the city of Brighton.

The company said it will acquire additional land to expand production but declined to provide details on location. The new land will support “incremental business, increased vertical integration and optimization of its manufacturing footprint,” it said in a release. A projected 445 new jobs will be created through 2019 for this phase of the expansion.

“We see the value in growing our presence here and now more than ever have the capacity to do so,” Doug Swick, president of Eberspaecher Exhaust Technologies of the Americas, said in a statement.

Eberspaecher North America is the North American unit of Esslingen, Germany-based Eberspaecher Climate Control Systems GmbH & Co. KG.

You can reach Dustin Walsh at dwalsh@crain.com.

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