Detroit Manufacturing Systems LLC plans to build a new plant in Toledo, Ohio, to serve the nearby Jeep assembly operations of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
The joint venture between Rush Group and French supplier Faurecia SA plans to create "hundreds" of jobs at the more than 102,000-square-foot plant.
DMS declined to identify which automaker it would be supporting from the plant, but FCA US LLC's Toledo Assembly Complex operates three miles east of the Overland site — which once was the home of the Jeep Wrangler. The plant will be located near Dana Inc.'s new axle factory on the site.
The DMS plant is expected to assemble interior parts for FCA, according to a source familiar with the matter. This work was done for many years by Toledo Molding & Die, but the supplier lost the contract to DMS, the source said.
Andra Rush, CEO of DMS; John Tuschman, Toledo Port Authority board chair; and Ed Harmon, CEO of Toledo-based commercial real estate firm NAI Harmon Group, are expected to speak at an Aug. 24 event marking the groundbreaking.
DMS was formed in 2012 after Faurecia acquired a $1.1 billion book of interiors business from the former Visteon Corp. plant in Saline from Ford Motor Co. DMS has some injection molding and also oversees assembly and sequencing for cockpits, instrument and door panels and center consoles to a dozen Ford programs including the F-150 pickup, Expedition, Explorer, Focus, Mustang and Taurus.
Larry Vellequette of Automotive News contributed to this report.