DETROIT -- Behr America said it plans nearly to double the size of its North American headquarters in suburban Detroit, win new business at its renovated Dayton Thermal Products plant in Ohio and build a major plant in Mexico.
Behr plans to construct an $8.5 million, 69,000-square-foot office building in Troy, Mich., that it expects will open early next year, the company said at a press conference at the SAE 2006 World Congress.
The building will be stand on a 2.3-acre site adjoining Behr America's recently purchased headquarters. Behr America said the building will provide space for nearly 270 employees now working in rented facilities throughout the Detroit area, and will allow for further job growth in engineering and program management.
Frank Mueller, CEO of Behr America, said in a statement that the company's Michigan-based headquarters and technical staff has grown from fewer than 100 employees in 2002 to nearly 550 today. "We expect even further growth to around 600 people within the next several years," he said.
Behr America ranked 58th on the Automotive News list of largest North American suppliers with 2004 revenue of $860 million. Behr America's parent, Behr GmbH & Co. of Stuttgart, Germany, has about $3.8 billion in global sales and is a supplier of air-conditioning and engine-cooling systems.