Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' parts unit Magneti Marelli plans to create 106 jobs and invest $12.6 million at its regional headquarters north of Detroit in Auburn Hills, Mich., according to a state economic development agency memo.
The Italian company, which specializes in lighting, powertrain and high-tech electronics, is constructing new labs and adding new machinery at the facility as it expands research and development work in the area, the memo says.
The supplier is also considering a larger facility to house all of its employees, according to the memo from the Michigan Economic Development Corp.
The Michigan Strategic Fund awarded the company, which was considering other states for the investment, a $1.59 million Michigan Business Development Program grant. The city of Auburn Hills has also agreed to provide staff time and billboard advertisement to support the project.
Magneti Marelli did not immediately respond to requests for more details on the project.
The company has plastics production for lighting and some under-the-hood parts. It is looking to capture increased business in the growth of autonomous driving, with its Smart Corner systems, which combine sensors, radar and lidar detection, cameras and advanced LED lighting into one package.
In October, Fiat Chrysler Automobilesto KKR & Co.'s Calsonic Kansei in a transaction valued at $7.1 billion and the first major deal for the Italian-American carmaker under new CEO Mike Manley.