Samvardhana Motherson Reflectec (SMR), one of the largest manufacturers of rearview mirrors for passenger cars in the world, is expanding its Marysville, Michigan, location. The company will invest $18.6 million in an 85,000-square-foot expansion that will result in the creation of approximately 200 jobs over the next three years. Once completed, the new facility will be used for assembly and warehousing of product. The project also includes the acquisition of land for additional parking.
SMR operates 110 facilities spread over 25 countries on 6 continents. As an established Tier-1 and Tier-2 supplier globally, the company develops, produces and distributes exterior mirrors, interior mirrors, blind spot detection systems and a wide range of other automotive components. The company has 22% of the global market share in production of exterior mirrors for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and heavy trucks and is one of the leading experts for camera-based sensing systems in the automotive industry.
“This expansion continues the company’s growth in the North American market and will enhance our ability to supply plants in the southern U.S.,” said Sai Tatineni, Managing Director of SMR. “Our Marysville location is very competitive in North America based on business costs and quality of workforce and we can efficiently supply multiple customers while maintaining the highest quality in our segment.”
The expansion continues recent investments by SMR, which included the addition of new paint plant facilities and a warehouse in Port Huron in 2014, adding more than 300 jobs. With this announcement, SMR will soon become one of the largest employers in St. Clair and Macomb counties with nearly 1,000 jobs. After the building expansion is completed, its four-building campus will exceed 400,000 square feet.
“I believe we have created an environment in Marysville where companies feel supported and are able to move quickly to meet market conditions,” said Marysville Mayor Dan Damman. “SMR’s continuing investment in its campus validates our efforts to streamline our processes and solve problems.”
A collaboration led by Marysville City Manager Randy Fernandez and EDA, supported by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, St. Clair County Metro Planning and St. Clair Community College, worked over many months to solve site issues and provide programs and other support to train the new workers. Recently, a grant was awarded from the Michigan Department of Transportation to assist the city to add deceleration and bypass lanes on Busha Highway. St. Clair County will be administering a Community Development Block Grant of $2 million to train the new hires.
“SC4 is excited to see the continued expansion of SMR Automotive,” said St. Clair Community College President Kevin Pollock. “We are proud to provide training to SMR employees and look forward to continuing our partnership with SMR in the future.” SC4 is utilizing a $430,000 grant from the Michigan New Jobs Training Program to train current new hires, and will be supporting the company’s training needs next year as well.
City of Marysville will be considering a tax abatement on the new construction, as a local match for the CDBG grant.
“Were excited to see this project come into focus,” said Fernandez. “It will add more jobs to the community and provide road improvements to ensure the employees have a safe way to enter the campus.”
“SMR has been community-minded and its employees have donated time and money to support charitable causes,” said EDA CEO Dan Casey. “The management team is exceptional and we’re so pleased to be able to support their efforts to grow with their customers.”
Samvardhana Motherson Reflectec (SMR), one of the largest manufacturers of rearview mirrors for passenger cars in the world. SMR operates 110 facilities spread over 25 countries on 6 continents. A Tier-1 and 2 supplier globally, the company develops, produces and distributes exterior mirrors, interior mirrors, blind spot detection systems and a wide range of other automotive components. http://www.smr-automotive.com/
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