Connected vehicle R&D capabilities expanded at Laird

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A major expansion and relocation project is now underway at the Laird vehicle connectivity research and design center near Detroit, Michigan, in the USA.

Laird will relocate its R&D from Holly, Michigan to a 14.5-acre site in an industrial park in Grand Blanc, Michigan, a few miles down the road. A new building at that location will have more than 43,000ft² with the ability to add an additional 20,000ft² in the future. This new building doubles the size of Laird’s current, 22,000ft² facility.

The project represents a US$14.4m investment in the local community and is scheduled to open in Q2 of 2017. Initially around 20 jobs will be created once the building opens, with the possibility of an additional 40 new positions as the business continues to grow.

Laird also recently opened a new facility in Brazil and acquired automotive electronics supplier Novero earlier in 2016.

June 16, 2016

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