Alexander Alusheff , Lansing State Journal 6:00 a.m. ET May 25, 2017
WATERTOWN TWP – A Lansing-area manufacturer has been selected by Volvo to design and integrate the tooling for the company’s first automobile plant in the U.S.
Eckhart began work on the multi-million-dollar deal earlier this month, said Andy Storm, company president and CEO.
The tooling will be used in the final assembly of the next generation S60 sedan, which will be produced near Ridgeville, South Carolina, in Berkeley County.
“We all feel very fortunate to represent the heart of mid-Michigan and contribute to the launch of Volvo's first American factory,” Storm wrote in an email.
Eckhart has invested over $1 million in its 44,000-square-foot plant, located at 16185 National Parkway near Capital Region International Airport, and hired 30 people in the last 18 months to support its growth, Storm wrote. The company, which employs 103 workers in Lansing, is still looking to hire 10 more people.
Eckhart started in 1974. It supplies assembly tools for General Motors, Ford, Nissan, Toyota, Magna, General Electric and Mercedes Bens, to name a few.
Construction is underway on the Volvo plant, which is expected to be operational later this year. S60 production is slated for late 2018.