WABCO Holdings Inc., a commercial vehicle component supplier, said it will locate its new Americas headquarters to Auburn Hills, Mich. The new, 102,000 sq. ft. facility is currently under construction and is expected to open in the third quarter 2018.
WABCO said the facility demonstrates its increased commitment to serve commercial vehicle manufacturers, fleet operators, and aftermarket customers in North America. Over the past two years, WABCO has tripled its workforce as it acquired four manufacturing businesses: MICO Inc., Laydon Composites Ltd., R.H. Sheppard Co. Inc., and the buyout of Meritor WABCO Vehicle Control Systems, the 50-50 joint venture with Meritor.
WABCO’s Americas headquarters will house approximately 200 employees when it opens, including employees who are currently located at separate sites in Rochester Hills and Troy, Mich. The company plans to increase employment prior to the opening and is forecasting to add as many as 90 jobs at the site during the next three years.
In addition to office space on two floors, the premises at will feature a customer experience center, a vehicle test lab, training center, and other amenities.
In addition to acquisitions, WABCO’s recent growth in North America includes the March 2017 opening of a new $20 million manufacturing facility in Charleston, SC. For the first time in the company’s history, WABCO has localized the production of its most advanced air disc brakes (ADB) for commercial vehicles in the United States.