By Meghana Keshavan, Crain's Detroit Business
Southfield, Michigan -- Southfield-based auto supplier Janesville Acoustics opened a 90 000-sq.ft (8400-sq.m) plant in central Mexico last week..
Janesville Acoustics invested about $4.5 million in the plant and within two months expects to employ 150.
The location in Celaya, in the state of Guanajuato, was chosen for its proximity to several vehicle assembly sites, including an $800-million Honda Motor Co. plant slated to open in 2014.
"As the global automotive industry continues to increase its presence in Mexico, we anticipate Janesville Acoustics' Mexican footprint will expand in response," president David Cataldi said in a statement.
The plant will manufacture parts to manage vehicle acoustical performance, like felt for car interiors and moulded floor systems.
The company already operates a plant in west-central Mexico that opened in 2000. Janesville Acoustics, a subsidiary of Milwaukee-based Jason Inc., also has plants in Ohio, Mississippi, North Carolina and Germany.