French auto parts maker Faurecia has started operations at its interior trim components business in Saline, Michigan, which was from acquired from Automotive Components Holdings (ACH).
The newly acquired plant delivers cockpits, instrument panels, door panels and center consoles for 12 vehicle programs assembled at eight Ford plants throughout North America.
The company is also planning to build an Interior Systems customer center in Southfield, Michigan, which will accommodate more than 200 employees, including more than 50 new professional jobs in this year.
Faurecia's new Interior Systems customer center will be dedicated to engineering, product development, program management, sales and marketing in support of Ford.
Faurecia Interior Systems North America president Jean-Michel Renaudie said that the Southfield Customer Center will allow the company to bring the former ACH personnel associated with Saline's operations together with those from Faurecia to work as a closely knit team in support of this transformation and future growth.
"We are pleased to be able to retain the skills and knowledge of the ACH personnel who are joining Faurecia, to bring more jobs to the region and to reassert Faurecia's commitment to southeast Michigan," Renaudie said.
Saline, which will become a technology plant under Faurecia ownership, will focus on technologies like injection molding, skin manufacturing and foaming operations for interior systems.