Meet Our New Neighbor … Wescast Industries, Inc.

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Last week, the City Council approved plans that will pave the way for Wescast Industries, Inc. to move their North American headquarters and technical center from Brantford, Ontario to the former GKN Automotive building located at 3300 University Drive.  The facility, which has been vacant for three years, is located adjacent to the Auburn Hills Civic Center Campus.

The new “Wescast” building

Wescast is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Chinese-based Bohong Group.  The company is best known as the world’s largest manufacturer of cast exhaust manifolds and turbocharger housings for passenger cars and light trucks.

A look inside the office area proposed to be renovated

The high bay area behind the main office building where R&D and limited manufacturing will occur

The company intends to renovate the interior of the building during the winter and begin occupying the facility in April 2018.

Wescast Industries Proposes To Occupy The Former GKN Building

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

After three years of vacancy, Wescast Industries, Inc. has submitted a development application to the City of Auburn Hills to occupy the former GKN Automotive building located at 3300 University Drive.  The property is situated at the southwest corner of University Drive and Seyburn Drive, just west of the Auburn Hills Civic Center Campus.

Aerial view of the building at 3300 University Drive

Wescast, based in Brantford, Ontario, intends to move their North American headquarters and technical center to this location.  The company is best known as the largest manufacturer in the world of cast exhaust manifolds and turbocharger housings for passenger cars and light trucks.  The wholly-owned subsidiary of Chinese-based Bohong Group is seeking Special Land Use Permit approval to conduct an ancillary light industrial activity at the facility.

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber at City Hall.  A final decision on the project is anticipated at the City Council meeting scheduled for Monday, November 27th.