Behr America said Monday that it plans to nearly double the size of its North American headquarters in Troy, Mich., add new business at its renovated Dayton Thermal Products plant in Ohio and build a major new plant in Mexico.
In Troy, Behr plans to add an $8.5 million, three-story, 69,000-square-foot office building that it expects will open early next year, the company said in a news release.
The building will be built on a 2.3-acre site adjoining Behr America's recently purchased headquarters.
Behr America said the new building will provide space for nearly 270 employees now working in rented facilities throughout metro Detroit and will allow for further engineering and program-management job growth.
The Troy investment increases the overall size of Behr America's four-year-old North American headquarters and technical center by more than 75 percent. It is also Behr America's second major expansion at the Troy location in the past three years.
"We've outgrown our Troy campus in less than four years," said Frank Mueller, president and CEO of Behr America in a statement. "Our Michigan-based headquarters and technical staff has grown from less than 100 employees in 2002 to nearly 550 today. We expect even further growth to around 600 people within the next several years."
Behr America's parent, Stuttgart, Germany-based Behr GmbH & Co. KG, has about $3.8 billion in sales globally and is an automotive supplier of air-conditioning and engine-cooling systems.
"We are laying the foundation for further growth in North America," Mueller said. "Our continuing expansion here demonstrates a clear commitment to our customers in North America."