By Dustin Walsh, Crain's Detroit Business
Southfield, Michigan -- Faurecia North America Inc. announced 11 Oct the completion of its new customer centre in Southfield, Michigan.
The 50 000-sq.ft office will house 200 employees, including 80 new hires by the Auburn Hills, Michigan-based seating, emissions-controls and interiors supplier.
The centre is dedicated to engineering, product development, programme management, sales and marketing that supports new Ford Motor Co. business. In May, Faurecia acquired a $1.1 billion book of business from Ford's Automotive Components Holdings llc plant in Saline, Michigan.
Faurecia, the North American subsidiary of Nanterre, France-based supplier Faurecia SA, leased a portion of the 1.6 million-sq-ft former Visteon Corp. plant. The factory will supply cockpits, instrument and door panels and centre consoles to 12 Ford programmes including the F-150 pickup, Expedition, Explorer, Focus, Mustang, Taurus and Lincoln Navigator and MKS.
The deal also resulted in a joint venture - Detroit Manufacturing Systems llc - between Faurecia and the Wayne, Michigan-based Rush Group, owned by Andra Rush.
The Southfield customer center is one of eight new locations in North America for Faurecia. Others include a new injection molding plant in Fraser to supply interiors products for General Motors Co.'s Cadillac ATS and Ford's Focus.
Faurecia North America generated sales of $4.8 billion in 2011 and employs 2250 in southeast Michigan.
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