BorgWarner Cooling Systems has broken ground for a new division headquarters and technical center in Marshall, Mich.
The facility will house all North American based research, technical, application and product engineering personnel and administrative staff.
The Cooling Systems division, headed by John McGill as president and general manager, was formed a year ago when Eaton Corp. sold its fan clutch operations to BorgWarner, which had previously acquired Kysor-Cadillac and Schwitzer.
The new organization is now believed to be the world's largest manufacturer of polymer and metal fans, viscous fan drives, on/off fan clutches, and air control shutters. McGill said the division will have annual sales this year of around $300,000 worldwide.
The new 58,000-square-foot building, slated for completion next October, will initially house a staff of 80, with another 30 expected to be added later. The technical center will occupy more than half the space.
At groundbreaking ceremonies, McGill praised the efforts of local and state officials for their help in paving the way for the new facility. He said the Marshall location should be an attractive lure to job-seeking engineers "tired of the big city rat race."