Automotive supplier Mann + Hummel USA Inc. has opened a new manufacturing facility in Portage, Mich.
The 220,000-square-foot, renovated plant, formerly owned by Mueller Plastics Corp., will produce some injection molded parts and also house assembly and distribution, said Kurk Wilks, vice president and general manager for MHUS. The building, which MHUS is calling its South Campus, is located 500 yards from Mann + Hummel's U.S. automotive headquarters and connected by a new private road.
“Because of the proximity of the two buildings, and the great support we had from the city and also the state, we were able to basically develop one campus, so it worked out quite nicely for us,” Wilks said. “We'll have our [headquarters facility] as a feedstock for the facility next door. They'll produce some subcomponents and then the final assembly and distribution will be then done out of the South Campus.”
The $6.2-million building includes 140,000 square feet of manufacturing space and 60,000 of warehousing. MHUS also spend $6.3 million on new equipment and $900,000 in other investments, Wilks said.
The company expects a staff of about 200 at the new facility by the end of the year, according to a news release. It specializes in functional, under-the-hood parts.
The company is part of Mann + Hummel GmbH of Ludwigsburg, Germany.