Photo: Stemco

Photo: Stemco

Stemco has completed construction of a research and development lab built to design and test advances in materials, designs, and technology for commercial vehicle air springs.

The 20,000-square-foot facility was built in response to Stemco’s acquisition of the air springs business of the former Veyance Technologies, now part of Continental AG, which produced Goodyear Air Spring products. The new facility was built in Fairlawn, Ohio.

Purchase of the site was first approved in Oct. 2015 and groundbreaking took place in Nov. 2015. The full build schedule took eight months to complete, which included moving, installation, and recalibration of all the test equipment. Stemco engaged with Geis Companies, an Ohio-based design/build company, for all aspects of the construction process.

“Following the purchase of the Goodyear Air Springs business, we were intent on keeping the business in Fairlawn, retaining the workforce and investing where necessary to support our long-term growth,” said David Brinkman, segment business leader, air springs for Stemco. “The new facility features state-of-the-art test equipment for a talented group of engineers that will serve our production facilities and our customers well in the future.”