Auburn Hills, MI – Global mobility solutions provider, AM General, headquartered in South Bend, Ind., recently settled in to the new Technology and Engineering Center in Auburn Hills, having moved from its previous location in Livonia. The state-of-the-art facility houses the engineering, product planning, and prototyping departments as well as business development, US Defense, and strategic marketing functions. The city of Auburn Hills will display a digital welcome banner for AM General along the I-75 Highway to welcome the company to their new home from December 4 through December 10.
“AM General recognizes the importance of proximity not only to the vast number of automotive OEMs, suppliers, and research centers, but also to the strong military presence in Michigan,” said Andy Hove, AM General President and CEO. “Additionally, the extraordinary talent base in the area was a key factor to selecting Auburn Hills as our home and we look forward to expanding our experienced workforce as we continue to grow our business.”
The Auburn Hills location met AM General’s varied criteria not only as an automotive OEM, but also as a defense contractor for the US Government. The building and adjoining work spaces provide room and security for designing and prototyping of new product offerings. Additionally, AM General implemented a state-of-the-art wireless AC Wave 2 system, designed for high speed – high density environments and provides users up to 1Gb of bandwidth anywhere in the building. The company also added a new “Unified Messaging” platform using Microsoft’s Skype-for-Business suite to provide wireless phone, messaging and video conferencing capabilities. These technology investments give AM General associates the ability to be 100% mobile, even when working remotely.
The Technology and Engineering Center will also serve as a collaboration center for customers and community members alike. AM General will host the next CODEL Staffers Breakfast, sponsored by the Michigan Chapters of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), Women in Defense (WID) and the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), which brings together industry leaders and lawmakers to discuss events and legislation affecting the Defense Industry.
“We are thrilled to welcome AM General to Auburn Hills and honored that they have decided to locate their research and development operations here. We appreciate their confidence and investment in our community,” said Auburn Hills Mayor, Kevin McDonald. “Our staff has worked diligently to support the project, as their deep experience in defense and automotive industries meets our goal of diversifying our local economy and that of Oakland County and the State of Michigan. On behalf of the City Council, City Staff and our over 23,000 residents, we welcome AM General to our Community and look forward to watching them grow in Auburn Hills.”
About AM General
AM General designs, engineers, manufactures, supplies and supports specialized vehicles for military and commercial customers worldwide. Through its military business, the company is widely recognized as the world leader in design, engineering, manufacturing and logistics support of Tactical Vehicles, having produced and sustained more than 250,000 vehicles in over 60 countries. AM General has breadth and scope of experience meeting the changing needs of the defense and automotive industries, supported by its employees at major facilities in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, and a strong supplier base that stretches across 43 states.