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Tier 1 Auto Supplier brings 125 new jobs to Greater Lansing

Wednesday, December 3, 2014   (0 Comments)
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December 3, 2014

CONTACT:  Sara Parkinson, LEAP

Denise Mayrand, KIRCHHOFF Van-Rob

(248) 686-4003 


Tier 1 Auto Supplier brings 125 new jobs to Greater Lansing

Tier 1 auto supplier opens its doors in Watertown Township 

LANSING, MI – It was announced today that the Tier 1 auto supplier, KIRCHHOFF Van-Rob will open its doors in Watertown Township in 2015. This announcement marks the introduction of the 12th KIRCHHOFF Van-Rob location.  KIRCHHOFF Automotive is a large automotive supplier with a global footprint of 30 production facilities and part of the KIRCHHOFF Group.  As leading Automotive Parts Suppliers to original equipment manufacturers of cars and light trucks they specialize in Large Structural, Interior, Chassis Components and Welded Assemblies.  Their comprehensive product range includes the design and manufacture of Instrument Panel Beams, Engine Cradles, Bulkhead Assemblies and Underbody Modular Assemblies to Body in White.  Core competencies include Forming, CNC Bending, Joining including Laser Welding of Aluminum and Steel, Hot Forming, R&D and Surface Treatment.  They specialize in the development of innovative products in lightweight design for future-vehicles.

“I am pleased that our company will be putting its second plant in Michigan and that we can also be a part of bringing more jobs to the area.  And, also to be a part of the revival of this area’s Auto Industry,” said Tony Parente, President and Chief Operating Officer of KIRCHHOFF Van-Rob.  “We look forward to being a good civic leader, and a long standing part of the community enabled by partnering with General Motors and the rest of our customers.”

KIRCHHOFF Van-Rob will be occupying an existing facility on Felton Road in Watertown Township and will create 125 jobs within the first 6 months with additional expansion plans.

“Watertown Township is pleased that KIRCHHOFF Van-Rob’s location will provide new job opportunities for our residents and the region,” said Watertown Township Supervisor John Maahs.

“The Lansing area is rapidly becoming a significant international community, creating diverse, global opportunities for business and people, so we welcome and thank an international giant like KIRCHHOFF Van-Rob for choosing Watertown Township and our region. This company will impact hundreds of families in our community and we are thankful. The Lansing area not only has assets including being home to the number one ranked physics department in the United States at Michigan State University, building one of the great machines in the world, the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (F-RIB), but we also offer the single most talented car making workforce in the world,” said Bob Trezise, President and CEO of LEAP. “As always, we congratulate and thank our amazing local partners like Watertown Township officials as well as the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).”

“Our next challenge is to make sure we supply KIRCHHOFF Van-Rob with a skilled and ready workforce. KIRCHHOFF Van-Rob has been working closely with LEAP, Lansing Community College and Capital Area Michigan Works! in special programming to supply this labor force,” adds Edythe Hatter-Williams, CEO of Capital Area Michigan Works! “Our region may be adding over a 1,000 new, auto-related jobs in 2015, so we’ve put together a leadership team with LEAP and LCC to make sure we are being pro-active with KIRCHHOFF Van-Rob’s HR team in addition to other manufacturing companies.”

To find out more about the job opportunities with KIRCHHOFF Van-Rob, please contact Paul Dilworth, or go to the web site, or contact your local Capital Area Michigan Works!  service center or go to the web site




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