ROMULUS, Mich., Oct. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Detroit Thermal Systems, LLC (DTS) announced that the company has selected a facility in Romulus, Michigan to serve as its primary manufacturing location, pending approval of state and local incentives. Located at 6505 Cogswell Street, approximately 365,000 sq. ft. will be leased by DTS to house its recent acquisition of the Automotive Components Holdings, LLC (ACH) climate control systems business. The company will make the necessary investments to revitalize the site and refurbish assembly systems to support production of world class heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems for automakers.
"Our investment in readying this site with the installation of advanced equipment and employee training, demonstrates our commitment to rebuilding a vibrant manufacturing base in the Detroit area," said Kurt Hall, chief operating officer of Detroit Thermal Systems. "Once our investments are complete, this facility and our talented workforce will create the benchmark for efficient and high-quality manufacturing of climate control systems."
The DTS facility will be vertically integrated with in-house capability for manufacturing of components and assembly of complete HVAC modules. Included in the equipment line-up will be 30 precision injection molding presses to manufacture plastic components. The new plant will have the capacity to produce more than two million HVAC systems annually. The manufacturing systems will be designed to meet the automotive industry's highest standards for efficiency and manufacturing quality. The plant will also be eco-friendly, with initiatives to minimize the use of energy and water, and to maximize the recycling of materials.
The refurbishment of the facility and installation of equipment is planned to begin immediately. Ramp up for production is expected during the third quarter of 2013. Based on forecast industry demand, DTS anticipates employing a workforce of 500 by year-end 2014.
About Detroit Thermal Systems
Detroit Thermal Systems (DTS) develops and manufactures high quality climate control systems and components, employing a diverse workforce. The company utilizes state-of-the-art technology and exceptionally high manufacturing standards to produce automotive heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. DTS is a leading minority-owned company in the automotive industry and plans to be certified as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE).
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