LANSING — The Michigan Economic Development Corp. announced Friday that Germany’s Mahle Industries, an automotive and engine component manufacturer, will invest $11 million to expand its technical headquarters in Farmington Hills.

Officials said the company expects that by early 2013 there will be more than  350 employees on the Farmington Hills campus.

Mahle Industries Inc. said the company had acquired a 50,000-square-foot building adjacent to its existing operations, at 23200 Haggerty Road. The building offers office and warehouse space.

The company said it will consolidate its North American headquarters functions at the new building, along with its existing building at 23030 Haggerty, drawing in some operations now based in Novi. Included will be the Test Systems and Engineering Services business of Mahle Powertrain LLC.

Gov. Rick Snyder met with Mahle executives during his trade mission in March, when he and a Michigan delegation visited German and Italian government officials and major company executives to promote business opportunities in Michigan.

Mahle has operated in Michigan for more than 25 years. Its customers also include heavy diesel engine manufacturers like Cummins and Caterpillar. Mahle employs about 850 people in Michigan in its plants and offices in Farmington Hills, Novi, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Muskegon, St. Johns, Troy and Ann Arbor.

The company’s product applications include engine and powertrain components as well as filter systems. The operations in Grand Rapids focus on heavy duty heating, ventilation and air conditioning components for military applications.

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In 2011, the Mahle Group achieved sales of around six billion Euros (U.S. $8.3 billion). It has about 49,000 employees work at more than 100 production plants and eight research and development centers.


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