Smithers Winter Test Center in Michigan to undergo major expansion


The Smithers Winter Test Center in Brimley, Michigan, is to undergo a huge expansion, which will include the construction of new track surfaces across 53ha (130 acres), two rental buildings, and a conference center and cafeteria. Work is scheduled to be complete mid-January 2018.

The 5,304ft² (1616m²) multipurpose conference space includes a garage door for showcasing vehicles, a large open area holding up to 115 people, a divider wall that allows for multiple room configurations, a small group meeting room for 12-14 people, and a private kitchen area for food prep. Two new on-site rental buildings will feature furnished office space for clients, with a double bay garage, a kitchen area, and wireless internet.

Sean Connolly, general manager, Smithers Winter Test Center, said, “The expansions at our winter proving grounds will address these needs, while providing additional track space for driving and training events, along with new testing areas. The new facility will also be a great asset to the local community for events and meetings. ”

The track expansion will comprise 15ha (38 acres) for developing a large snow field, deep snow area, and expanded ice area; 5ha (13 acres) dedicated to demonstrations, training, and exclusive use tied to the new conference building; 12ha (30 acres) for an exclusive track with a testing partner on-site; and 20ha (49 acres) available to other testing partners to expand.

“Our Winter Test Center can fulfill just about any testing for snowy or icy surfaces; the new additions of space and facilities will give our clients a winter ‘whiteboard,’ where we can recreate almost any scenario they wish,” said Jim Popio, VP for North America, Smithers Rapra.

August 24, 2017


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