Takata expands in Auburn Hills, looking to hire 40

Takata subsidiary TK Holdings, the
research division of the automotive supplier, has committed to invest
$14.6 million and create 40 new jobs at its facilities in Auburn Hills.

The
expansion of its current facility, where it employs 537 people, comes
out in the latest announcement of job-creating deals brokered by the
Michigan Economic Development Corp. Takata
received $766,000 tax credit for
eight years. Auburn Hills is also considering a $515,000 tax abatement.

In
return, the firm plans to install a new servo-hydraulic crash
simulation sled, which will allow the company to conduct automotive
crash simulations. It will be used for engineering and R&D by the
site’s workers. It will be part of a 18,500-square-foot expansion of the
Auburn Hills facility set to take place later this year.

“There
will be five immediate hires as soon as that happens,” says Alby Berman,
vice president of marketing and public relations for Takata.

The new sled reduces the time between
tests compared to the sled currently in place and positions the facility
for future growth. Michigan was competing with one of Takata‘s
facilities in Mexico.

Takata is based in Japan and specializes in
manufacturing safety-restraint equipment, such as safety belts and
airbags. Its customers include Honda, General Motors, Chrysler, Ford,
Toyota, Nissan, BMW and Subaru.

Source: Alby Berman, vice president of marketing
and public relations for Takata

Writer:
Jon Zemke