American Axle to invest in new Detroit development center

By Brent SnavelyDetroit Free Press

American Axle & Manufacturing plans to spend between $15 million and $20 million to create a technology development campus at its Detroit headquarters, CEO David Dauch said Monday.

The new center will employ 75 to 100 people. The announcement comes about a year after American Axle stopped production in Detroit.

“This Advanced Technology Development Center demonstrates American Axle commitment to the long-term health of manufacturing, the state of Michigan and the city of Detroit,” Dauch said in a statement.

Dauch made the announcement in Traverse City at the Management Briefing Seminars hosted by the Center for Automotive Research.

American Axle plans to use the new center for technology benchmarking, prototype development, supplier collaboration and showcasing products for customers and training employees.

The company plans to renovate an existing building for the technology center.

American Axle announced in 2011 that it would close its Detroit plant, which was one of five factories it purchased from General Motors in 1994. Parts of the manufacturing complex date to 1917.

Dauch said it’s possible that production could return to a portion of the plant, but the main focus will be on technology development.

Contact Brent Snavely: 313-222-6512 or Follow him on Twitter @BrentSnavely.


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