First-Tier Automotovie Supplier Invests $57 Million in New Window Township Facility

One of the payoffs from the community-wide effort to keep General Motors in Lansing, celebrated in the recently released “This Model Works” documentary, is thousands of jobs with the automaker and its suppliers. Together they represent 6,500 workers, and more jobs are coming.

A large first-tier auto subcontractor, Magna Exteriors and Interiors has filed an application to build a $57 million Windsor Township facility to produce and assemble interior doors, floor consoles, instrument panel components and other parts. It plans to create at least 281 jobs with pay well above the minimum wage.

The 200,000 square foot facility near Diamondale is planned for a 60-acre parcel at Creyts and Lansing Roads, about a mile from GM’s Delta Assembly Plant. An application for the project, filed by Magna America RE Holdings LLC, indicates that it will produce parts for GM’s Delta and Grand River Assembly Plants. The plant is eligible for a $2 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant and will likely receive tax relief by the township.

The company is requesting a change in zoning for parcels from highway services to industrial. Also it is seeking a special use permit for silos to store resins for injection molding and for outside stackable storage racks that exceed normal code for height.

For Windsor Twp., the Magna facility opens a new chapter. The township has been working with the supplier on the project for about six months and Supervisor Sue Butler is enthusiastic about the outcome.

“We have almost no industrial base,” she said. “I think this will make good use of a commercial industrial corner. It will provide about 230 jobs to start which could double in five years.”

Butler expects the final agreement to include 50 percent tax abatement for seven to 15 years. She expects the zoning changes to be approved. “I don’t think it has been an issue. The land has been zoned for business. If you visit Magna’s new plant on Mount Hope, it’s not obnoxious looking. It won’t have a major paint shop. It’s odorless and noiseless.”

She was referencing Magna’s latest facility in the Lansing area, a 290,000 square foot injection-molding and robotic paint line that the company said will produce front and rear fascia — bumper panels and grill systems — for General Motors and in particular for automobiles assembled at the Delta and Grand River plants: the Cadillac ATS, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave.

The DexSys plant, which opened in October with a ceremony attended by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and General Motors’ executives, will employ approximately 340 workers. Celebrating the plant’s opening, Magna Exteriors President Grahame Burrow praised the collaboration by state and local governments.

“They have helped make it possible for us to come here and establish this world-class operation, and we are excited for the opportunity to support our customer General Motors from this new facility,”
he said.

The company already has a large footprint in the region. It is a 45 percent partner with the Rush Group in Dakkota Integrated Systems, operates Magna Powertrain Lansing, employing 130, and has 200 employees already working at its DexSys plant. Altogether, Magna operates 28 plants in Michigan employing 10,000 workers.
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