Faurecia in the News: “Manufacturing innovation: $64 million plant sets bar on wow factor”
Site life / 2016/11/10
The Republic, “Manufacturing innovation: $64 million plant sets bar on wow factor”
By Julie McClure
No paper. Anywhere.
A manufacturing facility that can be monitored by smart phone.
Faurecia recently unveiled its newest plant, Columbus South, to the world, offering company executives, Columbus officials, educators and the media a sneak peek into the future of digital manufacturing that is now a reality on the former Walesboro Airport site off County Road 450S.
The new $64 million data-driven manufacturing facility just south of Columbus is ramping up for a fully operational start-up in January. About 450 Faurecians, as they are affectionately called, will produce a new, high-tech, emissions control product for the commercial vehicle industry in the 400,000 square-foot facility. It’s a partnership with Cummins Inc.
Faurecia supplies emissions-control systems and parts for Columbus-based Cummins, among some of the world’s largest automotive manufacturers that form its customer base. They include Ford, General Motors, Fiat, Chrysler and Deere & Co.
Although the plant is still in pre-production mode, the company the grand opening to bring top Faurecia management from around the globe to Columbus to celebrate the building’s completion and hold a flag-raising. That’s a Faurecia tradition honoring a building’s completion, said Dave DeGraaf, North American Division President for Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies.
Among the speakers was Faurecia CEO Patrick Koller, who said Faurecia’s North American region is key to the company. Among the $1 billion invested in the region so far, $100 million has been in Columbus, he said.
Koller attributed much of the company’s success locally to the Columbus workforce and the city’s strong industrial culture — a match for what the company is trying to achieve. (For the entire story, click here.)
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