Arlington Automotive, a Tier 1 supplier of interior parts to the automotive sector, has opened a new wholly owned factory in Michigan, USA.
The opening of the new factory marks a new chapter for Arlington, which supplies parts to the likes of Mercedes-Benz, BMW and other leading OEMs. As a result of its acquisition of BorgWarner’s thermal management business, Wahler, the assets within BorgWarner’s facility in Illinois will be moved to the new leased facility in Romeo, Michigan, where Arlington will manufacture systems and parts for supplier contracts with GM, FCA and Melling.
The expansion will involve the creation of 70 new jobs and a total capital investment of nearly US$4.6m in Romeo, resulting in a US$450,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund.
The new Michigan factory will house two automotive divisions, Arlington Thermal Management and Arlington Engineered Systems.
Arlington Thermal Management provides thermal management and flow control technology for combustion, hybrid and electric vehicles across the world. Arlington Engineered Systems provides electrical, fluid and air, mechanical and aftermarket module assemblies to automotive OEMs.
Mark Franckel, Arlington Industries Group CEO, said, “Arlington Thermal Management and Arlington Engineered Systems are now in the perfect position to supply automotive technology and management to OEM and Tier 1 customers, whatever the application or technology required.”