WABCO Holdings Inc has announced that it will locate its new Americas headquarters to Auburn Hills, US, which is under construction, and expected to open in the third quarter of 2018. The new 102,000-sq ft facility represents a significant investment and demonstrates WABCO’s increased commitment to serve commercial vehicle manufacturers, fleet operators, and aftermarket customers in North America, it said. In addition to office space on two floors, the new facility will feature a Customer Experience Centre, vehicle test lab, training centre, and other amenities.
The company is said to have has significantly expanded its presence in the region since launch in 2007, tripling its workforce over the past two years. This has also resulted from the acquisition of four high-tech manufacturing businesses - MICO Inc; Laydon Composites Ltd; R.H. Sheppard Co Inc; and the buyout of Meritor WABCO Vehicle Control Systems. WABCO also said it set to increase employment to 200 by October, 2018 at the new Americas headquarters, as well as an additional 90 high-tech jobs are planned by 2021.
Jon Morrison, President, Americas, WABCO, said the company’s investment in a new Americas headquarters reflects its leadership in technologies that advance the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles in this region. WABCO is driving dynamic growth and expansion in North America, and this new headquarters will enable the team to anticipate and respond to customer needs even better.
In addition to acquisitions, WABCO’s recent growth in North America includes the March, 2017 opening of a new manufacturing facility in Charleston, US. For the first time in the company’s history, it has localised the production of its most advanced air disc brakes (ADB) for commercial vehicles in the US. WABCO invested $ 20 mn in the new facility to meet increasing customer demand for its industry-leading air disc brakes, energy-efficient air compressors and related safety systems, it said. In moving from its Charleston location to this new facility, the company is expanding its manufacturing footprint by over 60 %, and increasing on-site employment to approximately 230 individuals.