SMR Automotive International
SMR is one of the largest manufacturers of passenger-car rearview mirrors and other car components globally. In May 2013, SMR announced it was planning to invest nearly $40 million to expand its Marysville location and purchase a 100,000-square-foot warehouse in Port Huron. Over three years, this expansion project will bring more than 350 new jobs to the facility, an increase of nearly 50 percent. “The primary reason for investing nearly $40 million into our Marysville facility over competing locations in Alabama or Mexico was our people, who are highly capable and very loyal. They have automotive DNA in their blood,” said SMR Chief Operating Officer Char Zawadzinski.
The Economic Development Alliance assisted the company to resolve site issues, create a business case to convince management to invest in Marysville, and negotiate state and local incentives.
DANA Holding Corporation
Dana serves commercial vehicle customers worldwide via 40 facilities and five technical centers in 11 countries. Dana Holding Corporation is a world leader in the supply of axles, driveshafts, off-highway transmissions, sealing and thermal-management products, and genuine service parts. Dana has been operating a successful manufacturing facility in St. Clair County for over a decade. In 2014, Dana Corp. announced the closure of a facility in Southeast Michigan and consolidation of jobs and equipment at its St. Clair facility. The project included the addition of new office space on the building and an expanded parking lot to support engineers that were being relocated to the plant.
The Economic Development Alliance assisted the company with zoning variances and other site issues that enabled the expansion and resulted in the company’s decision to do the project in St. Clair County versus a competing location.