Auto Supplier STRATTEC Selects Auburn Hills For Expansion

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

We’re pleased to report that Milwaukee-based STRATTEC SECURITY COMPANY, the world’s largest producer of automotive locks and keys, has purchased the former Atlas Copco building at 2998 Dutton Road.  The building had only been vacant for about a month.

The former Altas Copco building in the Dutton Corportate Center will be the new home for STRATTEC and VAST

The former Altas Copco building in the Dutton Corporate Center will be the new home for STRATTEC and VAST

Formerly a division of Briggs & Stratton, STRATTEC’s heritage goes back to the early days of the automobile.  Their new Auburn Hills facility will house the company’s metro-Detroit sales and engineering offices.  The company had outgrown its existing facility in Troy.  STRATTEC’s primary customers are Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Volkswagen, Ford Motor Company, and General Motors.

The building will also be the new headquarters for VAST (Vehicle Access Systems Technology), which is a joint alliance between STRATTEC and two other companies.  Under this relationship, STRATTEC, WITTE Automotive of Velbert, Germany, and ADAC Automotive of Grand Rapids sell their company’s products to global markets under the VAST brand name.

The VAST Alliance has helped STRATTEC become a worldwide auto parts supplier as the relationship allows all companies involved to market and sell each other's products in various jurisdictions around the world including in the U.S., Europe, Brazil, China, Japan, and Korea.

The VAST Alliance has helped STRATTEC become a worldwide auto parts supplier as the relationship allows all companies involved to market and sell each other’s products in various jurisdictions around the world including in the U.S., Europe, Brazil, China, Japan, and Korea.

STRATTEC plans to start moving into the building before the end of the year.  VAST will follow in Spring 2015.  Approximately 100 people will be employed at the facility.

Great news!